Monongahela tradition

Discoidal from Peck 2

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a crude discoidal that was excavated sometime between from March 2 and May 18, 1937, as part of work relief archaeology at the Peck 2 site, a Monongahela village in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Excavators at Peck 2

Excavators at Peck 2

It is now within the archaeological collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania (TSMP). It appears to be unfinished and its final form may have been intended to be a chunkey stone, such as this one from the Fort Hill site, another village excavated by work relief archaeologists.

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Pottery Fragment with Carbonized Residue from Peck 1

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a pottery fragment recovered archaeologically from the Peck 1 site, a Monongahela village site located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It was excavated by a Work Projects Administration (WPA) crew from October 13, 1936 to January 29, 1937 and under the direction of Edgar E. Augustine.  This artifact is now in the collections of the  Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Scanning at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Scanning at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

This particular sherd was radiocarbon dated as part of an effort to determine the ages of Monongahela villages excavated by the WPA in Somerset County (Means 2005, 2007).  The research potential of museum collections is shown by what we have been able to learn from this otherwise mundane fragment of a ceramic vessel.

Means, Bernard K.

2005 New Dates for New Deal Excavated Monongahela Villages in Somerset County.  Pennsylvania Archaeologist 75 (1):49-61.

2007 Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

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Deer vertebra from Peck 1

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a deer vertebra recovered archaeologically from the Peck 1 site, a Monongahela village site located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It was excavated by a Work Projects Administration Crew from October 13, 1936 to January 29, 1937 and under the direction of Edgar E. Augustine.

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This artifact is now in the collections of Carnegie Museum of Natural History where it was 3D scanned.

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Animation of the Week: Bone Bead from Monongahela Village Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a fragment of a bone bead recovered in 1939 or 1940 by a Work Projects Administration (WPA) crew from the Fort Hill site, a Monongahela tradition village site located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It is now within the archaeological collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania (TSMP).

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Animation of the Day: Fluted Point from the Angel Site, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a fluted point collected byavocational arcaheologist Ed Seeman from the Angel site, located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  Ed made this point available for scanning at the 2014 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology annual meeting in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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Animation of the Day: Basin-Shaped Pit from the Consol Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a basin shaped pit from the Consol site, a Monongahela tradition village.  It was excavated archaeologically by members of the Westmoreland Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

Mary Jane Shaw prepares the basin shaped pit for scanning.

Mary Jane Shaw prepares the basin shaped pit for scanning.

Mary Jane Shaw, Bob Oshnock, Bernard K. Means, and William Johnson at the Consol site.

Mary Jane Shaw, Bob Oshnock, Bernard K. Means, and William Johnson at the Consol site.

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Animation of the Day: Storage Feature from the Johnston Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

 

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Today’s animation is storage feature from the Johnston site, a Monongahela village located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.  The site was recently excavated by archaeology faculty and students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Using the Sense scanner on the storage feature.

Using the Sense scanner on the storage feature.

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Animation of the Day: Rim Sherd with Lug from the Consol Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is a rim sherd with lug from the Consol site, a Monongahela tradition village.  It was recovered archaeologically by members of the Westmoreland Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

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Animation of the Day: Rim Sherd with Lug from the Consol Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is a rim sherd with lug from the Consol site, a Monongahela tradition village.  It was recovered archaeologically by members of the Westmoreland Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. This sherd was scanned on March 23, 2012.

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Animation of the Day: Antler Tine from the Hatfield Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is an antler tine from the Hatfield site, a Monongahela tradition village located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  It was recovered archaeologically by members of the  Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Allegheny Chapter.

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