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Archaeology Graduate Students Assist with Pennsylvania Farm Show Archaeology Exhibit

Amanda Snyder at the Farm ShowFour graduate students in the M.A. in Applied Archaeology program—Laura Kaufman, Amanda Snyder, Jamie Dworsky, and Eric Ptak—spent part of the winter break assisting with an archaeology exhibit during the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg between January 5 and 12, 2013.

The students assisted the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and PennDot with their annual exhibit on archaeological sites in the Commonwealth. All of the students were part of the PennDot Highway Archaeological Survey Team in 2012.

Each year, the PHMC has an exhibit on archaeology in the Commonwealth designed to raise awareness about archaeological sites and issues in Pennsylvania. The 2013 theme of the exhibit was commemorating the 250th anniversary of the end of the French and Indian War. The PHMC estimates that some 38,000 people were engaged during the exhibit, receiving complimentary Archaeology Month posters, Heritage magazines, temporary tattoos of the Archaeology Section logo, and a growing series of archaeology brochures, including this year’s, which focuses on the French and Indian War in Pennsylvania. More details on the exhibit are in the PHMC blog “This Week in Pennsylvania Archaeology.”

Right: Amanda Snyder volunterring at the Farm Show 2013 (Courtesy PHMC)

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. This year was the 97th celebrating agriculture.

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