Program on Archaeological Excavations of Ft. Shirley February 28

Posted on 2/22/2012 8:47:35 AM

Archaeologists Jonathan Burns and Paul Raber, directors of the Penn State and Juniata College Field School at Fort Shirley, will discuss their findings on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, in McElhaney Hall, room G-2.

Burns and Raber have completed two field seasons at the site and will return in 2012. Fort Shirley was a French and Indian War stockaded fort in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. The small, colonial fort was constructed by George Croghan in 1755. Croghan relocated to the Aughwick Valley after the French victory at Fort Necessity with his native allies. They built houses and a small fortification in this area. Burns and Raber found the fort's stockade in their first field season in 2010 and have continued explorations of the fort.

In Fall 2009, Beverly Chiarulli, of the IUP Anthropology Department, and several IUP students assisted the project by conducting a ground penetrating radar survey of the area. Donna Smith, graduate student in the IUP M.A. in Applied Archaeology program, is currently completing her M.A. thesis on these geophysical investigations.