Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

William Chadwick

Second Advisor

Lara Homsey-Messer

Third Advisor

Phillip Neusius

Fourth Advisor

Keith Heinrich


The goal of this project is to reevaluate the Houserville Archaeological District as a National Register eligible property that has changed significantly since its original eligibility determination in the early 1980s. As the State College area continues to grow, the district is at risk of being destroyed, creating a concern for preservation and the management and planning of future projects. This thesis provides a current understanding of how and when the Houserville Archaeological District was utilized and occupied by synthesizing decades of projectile point data. This research also defines which sites are included in the district while providing updated district boundaries based on National Park Service guidelines. Results of this research can be used for future project planning and to officially nominate the district to the National Register of Historic Places.