Archaeological and Historic Preservation Survey of Eckley Miners’ Village
During the summer 2017, the Department of Anthropology joined forces with Professor Don Linebaugh of the Historic Preservation program to undertake an archaeological and historic preservation survey of Eckley Miners’ Village. Professor Paul Shackel, along with former and current students (Mike Roller, V. Camille Westmont) have been working in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2009, first uncovering the material remains of the Lattimer Massacre, and then several excavation seasons in the coal patch Towns of Lattimer and Pardeesville. Research began in Eckley in 2015, with excavations in the Back Street area. This summer the project is performing an architectural survey of the all of the outbuildings in Eckley. Students from UM and the region created field drawing of privies, chicken coops, coal sheds and garages. MAA/MHP student Katie Boyle will be developing a document that includes GIS overlays with representations of these buildings. The second part of the field school is an archeological survey of a double house on Main Street. PhD student Kyla Cools will use this information to help amend the town’s National Register Nomination to include the archeological resources in Eckley.