First Pennsylvanians

The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania

By (author) Kurt W. Carr, Roger W. Moeller

Paperback - £23.95

Publication date:

15 June 2015

Length of book:

256 pages


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

ISBN-13: 9780892711505

In First Pennsylvanians, Kurt Carr and Roger Moeller provide a broad, accessible, and wide-ranging overview of the archaeological record of Native Americans in Pennsylvania from early prehistory through the Paleoindian, Archaic, Transitional, Woodland, and Contact periods, stretching from 16,500 years ago to 1750 C.E. The authors present and analyze specific traits of each archaeological time period covered and use the archaeological record to provide a glimpse of Native Americans’ daily life in Pennsylvania. First Pennsylvanians also includes personal stories and anecdotes from archaeologists about their experiences in the field as well as a wealth of illustrations and diagrams. The chapters examine the environment, social groups, tools, subsistence, and settlement patterns of Native Americans in Pennsylvania and describe how these factors profoundly affected the populations and cultures of these early inhabitants of the region.

“Carr and Moeller have written a primer for the next generation of archaeologists in Pennsylvania, an excellent summary of Pennsylvania’s deep past for high school and college students and for all readers.”

—Paul A. Raber, Heberling Associates