This year’s theme is “Tattooing and Other Forms of Body Alteration: Expressions of Self & Status.” Join archaeologists and experts for a discussion and demonstration on the practice of tattooing and other forms of body modification and their significance in America among American Indians and Europeans. It will also showcase the traditional tools, pigments, and materials used.
Speakers will include:
- Alan Gutchess, director of the Fort Pitt Museum
- Michael Galban, manager and curator, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Seneca Art & Culture Center
- James M. Adovasio, director of archaeology, Heinz History Center
- Talon Silverhorn, cultural program manager, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
As part of the event, SPA members can help you identify your own artifacts, and staff from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office can assist with recording your archaeological site.
Throughout the day, explore Meadowcroft’s Historic Village and Indian Village, and take tours of the Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark.
Meadowcroft will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 8.