Porcelain and White Salt Glazed Stoneware at Hanna’s Town

Author(s): James Miller

Year: 2017



Porcelain and White Salt Glazed Stoneware at Hanna’s Town

Previous archaeological investigations at Hanna’s Town have involved locating the homes within the town and locating the fort. My research involves analyzing Porcelain and White Salt Glazed Stoneware to determine if there is a spatial pattern across the site. This may shed light on wealth distribution at historic Hanna’s Town. Detailed analysis of decorative motifs will also provide insight on trade patterns and economics of the colonial frontier in the late 18th century.

Historic Hanna’s Town, in existence from circa 1769 through 1790, was located near present day Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Hanna’s Town, the first English county seat west of the Allegheny Mountains, rivaled Pittsburgh at the time, and included around 30 homes, a jail, and three taverns. In 1782 a combined British and Seneca force attacked and burned the town except for the fort and two structures. They also massacred livestock and targeted homesteads in the surrounding area. In 1969 the land was purchased by the Westmoreland Historical Society and archaeological investigations of the site began that year as well.

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Porcelain and White Salt Glazed Stoneware at Hanna’s Town. James Miller. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429857)

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Hanna's Town

Geographic Keywords
North America - Northeast

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17435