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Monday, May 11, 2020

2020 Cancellation of Field Season

It is with great disappointment that I must relay the news that the 2020 Summer Field Season of the Allegheny Valley Project has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  As a non-profit community archaeology program, the Allegheny Valley Project brings people together for research and education in a hands-on environment. Our archaeology volunteers work in close quarters from the excavation units and screening stations in the field to the processing stations in the lab.  Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to practice social distancing, a necessary policy as the pandemic persists. While many of our volunteers are local to the New York and Pennsylvania area, we have a large contingent of volunteers that travel from other parts of the US, and our International Program with Volunteers for Peace brings participants from across the globe. In addition, our volunteers are of all ages and abilities, and many of our volunteers are in particularly vulnerable populations. We considered a scaled back season held later in the summer, but the Allegheny Valley Project would not be the same experience without the full contingent and range of volunteers that form our community. We will resume our field excavations in the summer of 2021. In the meantime, we hope that all of our volunteers across the globe have a safe and cheerful rest of 2020. I will miss you all this summer, but look forward to seeing you in 2021!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I had so hoped to visit the AVP to learn the proper techniques for doing an archeological dig.I have ground picked artifacts from behind my house here in the township of Napoli NY including 4 small clay animal effigies and part of a clay lid. I have never dug as it is an active cropfield but I would assume that there should be some wonderful items deeper in the ground. Other items found...flint points, part of a stone bowl, mini mortar and pestle, flint ball, 3 lg mortar and pestles...and other items. I think the top of the hill here would provide a nice sight for a future dig. would like to know how one goes about setting that up?