Advocating for the Morrow Jones Cabin: Archaeological Investigations at a Historic Homestead

Author(s): Katherine Peresolak

Year: 2017


The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) manages over two million acres of state land. Forbes State Forest, located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, is home to numerous cultural resources, including the Morrow Jones cabin. Given its location on state-owned property, neglect and natural decay are greater threats to this historic house than development, yet DCNR has limited funding and a finite amount of time to devote to such resources. Detailed study of this house and property will result in an occupational history and site analysis.

Four research questions are proposed in this archaeological investigation. The primary question concerns age and use-life of the house, since DCNR would like their staff and the public to better understand the history and significance of the Morrow Jones cabin and its associated derelict farm. Demographics and domestic activities of the site are also of interest in order to better understand the families occupying this rural area. The physical evolution of the house and the farm’s connection, or lack thereof, to local and regional economic markets form the final two questions.

Cite this Record

Advocating for the Morrow Jones Cabin: Archaeological Investigations at a Historic Homestead. Katherine Peresolak. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429070)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15508