View of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Washington County, PA, circa 1975.
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View of site from a distance, Meadowcroft.

Credit: Dr. J. M. Adovasio, Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute.

The proximity to nearby Cross Creek, a small tributary of the Ohio River, and its southern exposure, made Meadowcroft Rockshelter an attractive location for prehistoric habitation. The creek was both a source of drinking water and food for people living in the shelter. This photograph, taken in the early days of a multi-year excavation project, shows the black plastic that covered the excavation area to protect the site from inclement weather.

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