An archaeology program was recently developed gathering professional and avocational archaeologists, researchers, and historians from the area to investigate local properties.
Prehistoric Archaeology: In 2014, we began our first test pits on Indian Steps property finding a wide range of prehistoric artifacts and time lines. Upon researching the PASS files at the PA State Museum, our property was the first registered site in York, Pennsylvania labeled 36YO001 by Dr. Barry Kent.
Historic Archaeology: 2016 marked our first professional excavation, with Susan Landis, Professional Archaeologist and her team focusing on the historic aspects of Indian Steps. We decided to start with historic documentation to investigate remnants of a very large early 1900’s framed barn, and a cottage called “Siesta Cottage” when John Vandersloot lived at Indian Steps Cabin. We pondered over the old maps and photos, discovered these structures buried right where we speculated.
Members were required to attend an orientation meeting and instructed how to properly excavate and work alongside the professionals in order to produce an “archaeological team”. Over 30 members this summer excavated the framed barn site and reported they enjoyed the opportunity and look forward to future activities.