Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter

Date & Time
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village 401 Meadowcroft Road
Avella PA, 15312
Ticketing $15 for History Center members; $30 for non-members

Enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D.

James M. Adovasio, Ph.D. achieved international acclaim with his archaeological excavation of the Rockshelter when work first began at the site in 1973. He will present a lecture and lead a special tour of the site.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, is located in Avella, Pa., 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The National Historic Landmark features a massive rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter as early as 19,000 years ago. Meadowcroft was named one of the “Five Great Places to See Evidence of First Americans” by Smithsonian magazine.

Dr. Adovasio’s presentation begins at 1 p.m. in the visitor’s center with tours of the Rockshelter to immediately follow.


Insider tours of the Rockshelter with Dr. Adovasio cost $30 for non-members and $15 for History Center members. You will be asked to verify membership at check-in.

Please register online.

Register for a tour on any of the following dates: September 3 | October 9 | November 5


For information about admission, directions and parking, and accessibility, please click here.

Please contact Meadowcroft at or 724-587-3412 with any questions.


For the first time ever, we’re offering a virtual version of our popular Insider Tour! Register as a virtual attendee for exclusive access to a recording of Dr. Adovasio’s lecture and Rockshelter tour. Virtual registration is $5. You will receive an email containing your exclusive link after registering.