Spatial Analysis of Hanna’s Town: Settlement and Geophysical Frontiers

Author(s): David J. Breitkreutz

Year: 2017


The colonial settlement of Hanna’s Town is a vital connection to Pennsylvania’s frontier history. The significance of the Hanna’s Town site to regional heritage is represented by the effort expended by the Westmoreland County Historical Society on archaeological and geophysical projects that have taken place at the site since 1969. However, after numerous investigations, questions remain about layout of the Hanna’s Town settlement. This proposal suggests a model for the investigation and management of large historic sites through the application of specialized geophysical surveys. The IDS Multi-Array Stream X ground penetrating radar, the FM 256 Fluxgate Gradiometer, and the Syscal Kid electrical resistivity meter will be employed to determine the layout and boundaries of the settlement, potentially locate evidence of the 1782 raid by the British and allied Indians, and to determine the extent to which geophysical applications are useful in surveying large archaeological sites.

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Spatial Analysis of Hanna’s Town: Settlement and Geophysical Frontiers. David J. Breitkreutz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435456)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 467