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Digging up history in Lathrop Twp

February 17. 2013 3:20AM
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Lathrop Township Historical and Genealogy society will hold an open house October 14 at the Union Grange Hall in Lathrop Township from 1 to 3 p.m. On display will be collections of Native American artifacts and antique items of hunting and fishing. Refreshments will be served.

Many area people have walked behind a plow or along a creek bed to try to find arrow heads or Indian artifacts. The public is invited to bring any artifact or collection they have to ask questions about or to put on display.

Alex Barbolish will speak from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on his experience on archaeology digs. Alex is a Junior History Major at the University of Scranton. Over the years he has spent many weeks with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, excavating a prehistoric Native American camp along the Lackawanna River in Duryea.

In the summer of 2011 he spent a month in Illinois at the Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site in Brookport with the archaeological field school, taught by archaeology instructors from Southern Illinois University. Kincaid Mounds is a Mississippian mound center occupied from around 1000 AD to 1400 AD. He just returned from Peru with another field school conducted by the University of Wyoming excavating the site of Yanaorco, a fortified village of the Cajamarca culture, occupied from around 1000 AD to 1450 AD.

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