Geophysical Investigations at the Hanna's Town Cemetery, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Author(s): Ashley D. Taylor

Year: 2016


Hanna's Town (36WM203), an 18th century site located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, was a major settlement that was attacked and destroyed by a force of British and Native Americans in 1782. The town never fully recovered, and the land was repurposed for agricultural use until it was purchased in 1969 by Westmoreland County, who reconstructed the town for tourism purposes. Overlooking the site is the town's cemetery, which has been given little attention in regards to research. The cemetery currently contains six gravestones, but there are several stone fragments in storage that are no longer assoicated with burials, providing evidence that the cemetery may contain lost graves. It is believed that these fragments do not account for all the burials, however. Geophysical investigations using ground penetrating radar, magnetometry, electrical resistivity, and down-hole sensor will be undertaken to examine the possibility of additional burials at the site.

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Geophysical Investigations at the Hanna's Town Cemetery, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Ashley D. Taylor. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434473)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 372