Douglassville—On Saturday, September 22, the John Shrader Chapter 21 Pennsylvania Archeological Society invites the public to celebrate International Archaeology Day at the Mouns Jones House, oldest house in Berks County. The free program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a rain date of September 29.
Members of the public may tour the Mouns Jones Site in Morlatton Village located at 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville, PA 19518 and participate in hands on archaeology. Archaeologists will demonstrate sifting of dirt saved from the newly constructed handicapped sidewalks. This sifting could reveal colonial American artifacts. Those planning on participating should be prepared to get dirty and wear suitable clothing, bring gloves and wear closed-toe shoes.
The John Shrader Chapter 21 of the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology has been working at the Mouns Jones Site for seven years. Established in 1929, the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology is dedicated to promoting the study of the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of Pennsylvania and neighboring states; encouraging scientific research while discouraging exploration which is unscientific or irresponsible in intent or practice; promoting the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information; encouraging the establishment and maintenance of sources of archaeological information such as museums, societies, and educational programs; promoting the dissemination of archaeological knowledge by means of publications and forums; and fostering the exchange of information between professional and avocational archaeologists.
Morlatton Village is owned and operated by the non-profit Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County. The village represents pieces of a Swedish settlement begun in the early 1700’s, when Berks County was still the frontier. Structures constructed slightly later in the 1760’s also comprise the village. For more information check http://www.historicpreservationtrust.org/