Ohio River Environmental Assessment: Cultural Resources Reconnaissance, Pennsylvania,
PITTSBURGH UNIV PA DEPT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
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The authors of this study have been asked to compile and present a summary of prehistoric and historic cultural resources from the inception of the Ohio River and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the western border of that state. Additionally, we were asked to examine the slack water navigation limits of both the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers which unite at Pittsburgh to form the Ohio. This report consequently covers approximately 7 rivermiles on the Allegheny above the forks of the Ohio and approximately 12 rivermiles on the Monongahela in addition to the approximately 40 rivermiles of the Ohio from Pittsburgh to the Pennsylvania border with the state of Ohio. We have attempted to present in attenuated form, a synopsis of historical and archaeological data relevant to such an undertaking. In this attempt, we have limited ourselves primarily to secondary historical sources for the area, which are numerous. No single work, however, deals exclusively with prehistoric andor historic site locales within the confines of the study area of this report which is defined as roughly 1 kilometer on either side of the Ohio River in Pennsylvania and its major tributaries as outlined above. We have attempted therefore to sift through much of the historical data for western Pennsylvania and to contrast and compare the findings in that data relevant to an assessment of the cultural resources of the study area.
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