Skip to comments.Grant to fund shelter for archaeological site shelter where prehistoric remains unearthed in '70s
Posted on 09/24/2006 8:48:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
In 1955, Albert Miller, founder of the Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life, discovered evidence of prehistoric remains in a groundhog hole in the rock shelter. But only after considerable effort to persuade archaeologists to view the site did Dr. Adovasio, then affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh, show up to take a look. Soon after in June 1973, he began the dig. Years of work at Meadowcroft produced 20,000 human artifacts, 956,000 animal bones and 1.4 million plant remains, providing a huge body of information on early civilization. The dig is important not only because it reveals human habitation 16,000 years ago, but it also provides a continuous record of habitation throughout the ages: "It's the most carefully excavated rock shelter on the planet," Dr. Adovasio said... Construction plans will include preserving the archaeology office in the rock shelter, including the original Apple II computer.
(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...
State Rep. Victor Lescovitz, D-Midway, left, and James Adovasio, right, who led the archaeological dig in 1973, discuss the model of the $2 million structure that will cover Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Washington County. It was unveiled at a news conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. -- Robert J. Pavuchak, Post-Gazette
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Adovasio wrote an excellent book about this site, it's around here somewhere but I don't remember the name.
The First Americans:
In Pursuit of
Archaeology's Greatest Mystery
by James Adovasio
with Jake Page
They dug up an old Apple II computer? Reminds me of that South Park episode where they dug up a "prehistoric" Ice Man from the early 1990's... :-)
Yeah, true, and it was from 64K ago. ;')
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