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Local Archaeology Group Slates Indian Artifact Fair at Taber Museum

Jan 21, 2016 07:58AM ● By Erica Shames

Drag out your cigar boxes, dust off the framed shadowboxes, and bring your arrowheads and other collected Indian curiosities to the Thomas T. Taber Museum - Williamsport, PA from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 12 when Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology hosts an open house.

Gary Fogelman, noted artifact collector, author and publisher of the former Indian Artifact Magazine, is the featured guest for the event, along with Tom “Tank” Baird, president of NCC8/SPA and an avocational archaeologist and iHeartRadio contributor.

Baird is a frequent guest on Ted Saul’s “Community Matters” talk show, speaking about Prehistoric Indians and significant local historic events.

Fogelman, a lifetime member of NCC8, is best known for his work as the publisher of Indian Artifact Magazine, and several handbooks on projectile points, artifacts and local cultures. He also contributes to national publications and typology handbooks.

Fogelman and Baird will review Indian artifacts brought by visitors and attempt to identify small collections and individual items.

Locally found artifacts, as well as excavated finds from previous NCC8 excavations, will be on display and Baird will speak about the group’s ongoing dig at the Glunk Site in Montoursville.

The Glunk Site dig, accessible from Canfield Lane, is open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to join the group and learn how to excavate at an archaeology site.

NCC8 membership applications are available on the website, and at the event.

Northcentral Chapter 8 is the Lycoming County chapter of The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc., which was organized in 1929 to:

  • Promote the study of the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of Pennsylvania and neighboring states;
  • Encourage scientific research and discourage exploration which is unscientific or irresponsible in intent or practice;
  • Promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information;
  • Encourage the establishment and maintenance of sources of archaeological information such as museums, societies, and educational programs;
  • Promote the dissemination of archaeological knowledge by means of publications and forums;
  • Foster the exchange of information between the professional and the avocational archaeologists.

The chapter’s first meeting was held Aug. 12, 1955, at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport.

NCC8, a 501(C) educational nonprofit organization, relies upon donations. Without your generosity, we could not pay for the Insurance needed to host digs. We also need donations to purchase supplies, such as trowels, shovels, tarps, and artifact preservation bags. Please donate today and help preserve and protect Lycoming County's cultural heritage.

Learn more about the group and make a donation online at www.PennArchaeology.com.

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