Episode 41

41. 16,000 Years at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter with David Scofield


April 30th, 2018

9 mins 43 secs

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As the oldest site of human habitation in North America, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter has a challenge: how to convey its mind-boggling timescale, spanning from prehistory to the 19th century? David Scofield, director of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, describes how the museum is designed to connect the big changes in how people lived through 16,000 years of history.

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter opens for its 50th season on May 5th, 2018. It is part of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pennsylvania.

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Topics Discussed
00:00: Intro
00:14: David Scofield, Director of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
01:02: What Else Was Happening 16,000 Years Ago?
01:30: Discovery
04:20: Beringia
05:44: Expressing Large Timescales in Museums
08:55: Meadowcroft’s 50 Season
09:14: Outro