Mystery Unearthed: The Extraordinary Story of Two Lenape Rock Shelters

In 1942, amateur archeologists discovered two rock shelters near the town of Broomall, Pennsylvania. Their romp in the woods turned serious when they uncovered a skeleton and thousands of Native American artifacts in one of the rock shelters. This new exhibit presents a life-size replica of the Broomall Rock Shelters that shows how Lenape families or hunting parties may have occupied them for centuries. The exhibit also includes some of the hundreds of items excavated from the site such as 200 stone and bone tools, pendants, over 1000 decorated ceramics fragments, and European trade goods. This assemblage was featured in a 1947 article in the prestigious archaeological journal American Antiquity, and includes two fully-reconstructed bowls and numerous archaic stone points that may date to over 3,000 years ago. Visit us to learn the incredible story of the site’s discovery, context, excavation, and the artifacts’ journey to the Museum.

Museum hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10-4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 12-17 and seniors over 60, and free for children under 12.

Event Type: Other
Event Amenities:
  • Credit Cards
  • Free Parking
  • Family Friendly
Event Location:Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown directions »
Event Sponsor: Museum of Indian Culture
Event Times:
  • Every day from Apr 1 – Apr 1, 2017 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

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