Discover archaeology and the significance of tattooing in America at Meadowcroft’s annual Archaeology Day, in partnership with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA), on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Explore the study of archaeology and how you can apply it to your findings from experts with first-hand experience. Learn how people lived from settlers to American Indians and how they used the art of tattooing.
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.
Tickets and Admission
Tickets to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are available for advance purchase online. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the Visitor Center depending on availability and capacity limits.
Meadowcroft will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 8.
For information about admission, directions and parking, and accessibility, please click here.