Here’s what’s happening around town: Friday, Jan. 11

Friday, January 11, 2019 | 7:27 AM

Hello, Sewickley!

Did you know the Harmonists didn’t mark their own graves because they believed themselves equal in death as in life?

Located at the corner of Church and 11th streets in Ambridge, the Harmonist Cemetery has only three headstones, and those are for hired workers of the Harmony Society. The archives hold records of Harmonist deaths, but a map of the burials has not yet been discovered.

University of Pittsburgh professor Bryan Hanks has been investigating the Harmonist Cemetery with ground penetrating radar, which remotely detects underground disturbances without physically disturbing the ground. His findings help shed light on the burial practices of the Harmony Society, and on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., he’ll present a lecture on his investigation at Old Economy Village Granary.

Hanks is an associate professor and department chair at the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Cambridge (England) in Archaeology. He has directed and co-directed numerous fieldwork projects in the United States, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Mongolia. He specializes in the study of late prehistoric nomadic societies in Europe and Eurasia.

Since 2012, he has been developing new field projects focusing on archaeological geophysics and has been collaborating with local institutions in Southwestern Pennsylvania and with the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.

Join the group on Sunday for what is sure to be an interesting lecture about the Harmonist Cemetery investigation.


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