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occasionally find surface materials indicative of prehistoric occupations when
checking proposed strip mine locales and land for other types of projects. The
following picture shows a point I found this summer at a site near the Keystone
Power Plant, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, in an area that might be developed
for a deep mine. The mining company will avoid any impact to the location where
this point and numerous chert flakes were recovered.
This is a LeCroy Bifurcated-based Point. It is an
Early Archaic style that dates to approximately 6000 BC (8000 BP) based on
radiocarbon dates obtained at other sites. It is a fairly typical example of the
type. LeCroy points have been found at sites located throughout much of the
Middle Atlantic States.
I also worked at Meadowcroft Rockshelter when I
was in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. This controversial
Pre-Clovis site is one of the earliest dated sites in the Eastern United States.
A short report with links to pictures of the site and artifacts from the
Paleoindian levels can be accessed at:
Report and Pictures
on the following for links to other Archaeology sites.
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