Archaeology Along the Redbank Set for Tonight in Brookville

Since the 1970’s, extensive archaeological excavations along Redbank Creek conducted by Ken Burkett revealed multiple Late Woodland Villages collectively known as the Fishbasket Indian towns.

Thanks to this work, a great deal is known about the Late Woodland inhabitants of Redbank Valley, but less was known about the earlier prehistoric inhabitants and the 19th century historic settlement of the valley.

Recent archaeological surveys conducted by Quemahoning LLC were focused on better understanding the geologic development of the soils and sediments found along the Redbank Creek and the long sequence of cultural development within the valley. Evidence was found of campsites associated with an Early Archaic Kirk corner notched point, a Middle Archaic bifrucate point, and other Late Archaic point types. Excavations also identified late 19th century privy pits that were associated with the development of Oak Ridge as a coal mining community.

An important river crossing located at the Fishbasket Complex may be the common thread that ties together this 10,000-year sequence of settlement along the Redbank Creek.

Brian Fritz of Quemahoning LLC will present Archaeology Along the Redbank on Friday, May 15thth at the Heritage House located at 4 Sylvania Street in Brookville. The program begins at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Ken Burkett at (814) 849-0077 or email [email protected].

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