Warren, PA - The Allegheny National Forest and Mercyhurst College will host an open house at the Buckaloons archaeological site at Irvine, Pa., on Friday, June 29, 2001. Interested groups and individuals are invited to visit the area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Professors and students from the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute at Mercyhurst College in Erie will be joined by Forest Service representatives and Passport-in-Time volunteers to discuss the work being done at the sites during this field season. Mercyhurst College has been part of the excavation process at Buckaloons for many years, and helps provide guides for each summer's open house at the site.
This year's field school will focus on the historic mill sites of the Irvine Estate. Students have uncovered the stone home of the miller who worked for Irvine, and the gristmill and possible woolen or sawmill that make up the Irvine Mills. Visitors to the area will get a close look and interpretation of the period between 1840 and 1950 along the banks of the Brokenstraw Creek.
A walking tour and interpretation of the Irvine Estate will be provided at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Tours will depart from the old stone house on Dunns Eddy Road, approximately 1.25 miles from Irvine Flats. Guests may also stop by the Wilder Museum located in Irvine. The museum will be open on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., admission is free.
The Buckaloons site is rich in cultural history and is considered northwestern Pennsylvania's most noted archaeological site. Previous year's excavations have revealed human occupations of the area that span some 12,000 years. Artifacts from past field work will be available for viewing during the open house.
To reach the Buckaloons Archaeological Field School, take the Route 62 south exit off Route 6. Turn right at the sign just before the bridge crossing the Allegheny River. Proceed past the Buckaloons Recreation Area Entrance to the area commonly known as Irvine Flats. The field school is taking place throughout the Irvine Flats area. All-weather tents will be visible and guides will direct visitors to various points of interes
Contact: Gennifer Tyson, Mercyhurst College
or Nadine Pollock, Allegheny National Forest
For Immediate Release