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
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