Anthropologist Ford Lectures to Two Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Chapters

Posted on 3/23/2015 9:57:28 AM

Ben Ford spoke to the Westmoreland Archaeological Society on Wednesday, March 18, and to the North Folk Chapter on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The talks spanned subjects from global underwater archaeology to local historical archaeology.

Ford spoke to the Brookville-based North Folk Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s annual dinner on Saturday evening. His talk, “Underwater Archaeology, Digging and Not Drowning…at the Same Time,” discussed the development of underwater archaeology and illustrated the field with examples from Ford’s work. The examples ranged from the 4,000-foot deep Mardi Gras shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico, through the early steamboat Heroine, the only recorded shipwreck in Oklahoma, to recent work on the maritime landscape of Lake Ontario.

Earlier in the week, Ford spoke to a monthly meeting of the Westmoreland Archaeological Society. This talk focused on IUP’s recent work at the Revolutionary War-era site of Hanna’s Town. Hanna’s Town was the first English county seat west of the Alleghenies and is of particular interest to the chapter because it is located just up the road from their meeting place.

The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology is Pennsylvania’s foremost archaeological organization. It includes professional and amateur archaeologists, as well as individuals simply interested in learning about the region’s history and prehistory.   

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