• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

The Archaeology of Fort Reconstruction

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Date: July 1, 2014
Contact: Debbie Miller - Friends of Fort Necessity, 724-880-3897
Contact: Fort Necessity Visitor Center Staff, 724-329-5811

FARMINGTON, Pa., The July installment of the 2014 Friends of Fort Necessity Lecture Series is planned for Saturday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Katie M. Turner will present "The Archaeology of Fort Reconstruction" in a program that is free to the public.

Fort Necessity and Fort Ligonier, both French and Indian War forts, were reconstructed in order to preserve the nation's past and to provide a unique learning experience for the public. This talk will discuss the archaeological investigations that provided the information necessary for accurate reconstructions to be created for Fort Necessity and Fort Ligonier.

Katie M. Turner will graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Applied Archaeology this December from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Nebraska, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she is interested in the colonial period and the conflicts which were waged to develop our country. After working at Alkali Station, an Indian War period site dating to the early 1860s, she became impassioned about our nation's conflicts and the archaeology of the sites of conflict. For her thesis, she is developing a typology of Pennsylvania's forts, which will be utilized to answer questions about the influence of mid-to-late 18th-century French, British, and American society and technology on the construction of colonial period forts. Turner currently resides in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and enjoys touring our nation's battlefields with her husband.

The Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Necessity. For more information on this and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call (724) 329-5512. Fort Necessity is located 11 miles east of Uniontown on Route 40, the National Road. A park entrance fee of $5 per adult (age 15 and under free) covers all park activities.

 

Did You Know?

Mount Washington Tavern

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