Stoddartsville Archaeology

Laura Sherrod - 2016

The archaeological site at Stoddartsville, PA is in a picturesque setting adjacent to the Lehigh River in the Poconos.  Dr. Khori Newlander of the Anthropology/Sociology Department at KU established a field site at this location for his archaeology field school in summer 2015.  Dr. Newlander invited KU's geophysicist, Dr. Laura Sherrod, to the site to give his students experience with geophysical methods as well as to pinpoint target areas for excavations during the four-week course.  Dr. Sherrod and GSKU were invited back to the site in 2016 to provide additional geophysical surveying to guide future excavations and to locate unmarked burials in the cemetery adjacent to the 2015 field site. 

Ruins of a mill located at the Falls of the Lehigh

Dr. Newlander (right) carries field equipment while his students (left) perform the GPR survey

Two geophysical methods, magnetometry and ground penetrating radar (GPR) were used at the site under the instruction of Dr. Sherrod, with the help of Geology major, David Vales.  A large grid of 55m x 65m was established at the cemetery on the hill slope beside the road.  East-west survey lines were performed every 0.5m across the site, with archaeology students operating the equipment.  

The geophysical surveys were conducted over the course of three days of field work in June 2016. 

Stoddartsville Archaeology Results Archaeological Geophysics Ground Penetrating Radar
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