Public Archaeology

Children gathered around a screen filled with dirt sift through it with their handsJoin us as we dig into history with archaeological excavations at Newlin Grist Mill and learn more about the site through the evidence under our feet!

The Public Archaeology program seeks to evaluate archaeological resources and explore research questions concerning the development of the Newlin Grist Mill historic site while enhancing public knowledge and providing opportunities for the public to participate in the archaeological process.

Excavations are conducted under the leadership of resident archaeologist Keith Doms with assistance from members of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and volunteers from the community. Individuals and groups throughout the region volunteer one Saturday per month assisting with excavations and artifact cleaning. The project is bringing to light new evidence that reshapes earlier perceptions.

2024 Public Archaeology dates:

  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 22
  • July 20
  • October 19 – International Archaeology Day

10am-3pm. Free and open to all ages. 

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*** FYI – Park Access Restrictions – February 20th thru March 7th ***

Please be aware that there will be a film crew on site February 20th through March 1st. If you are visiting on those days, there will be certain trails and areas of the park closed off to visitors.

Activities like this help support our programs and projects. Thank you for your patience and understanding!