History of the Watershed
6000BC –1500AD –Native Americans. There is archaeological evidence of human habitation in the Tunkhannock Creek watershed area from 4000 to 700 years ago. It is generally agreed that Native American ”Indian” tribes used the Tunkhannock Creek watershed area as a hunting preserve, shared by more than one tribe. There is evidence of Indian activity, and artifacts are many and varied from all over the 413 square miles of the watershed. But it seems not to have been the long-term traditional village location for any particular tribe.
Many paths were worn down by Indians on traditional routes along watercourses and through these hunting grounds, such as that from the headwaters of the Lehigh River in southeast Lackawanna County through the Leggetts Creek Notch along present day Routes 6 and 11, along present day Rt .407 through the Abingtons and north through Harford to the Great Bend of the Susquehanna River; and the path along present day Rt. 92 from the Susquehanna River along Tunkhannock Creek to the Great Bend of the Susquehanna River.
... the artifacts discovered is truly astounding and are the following:
~Four hundred projectile points, dating back to 2000BC based on carbon dating studies in New York of points created using the same techniques style.
~Hundreds of shards of pottery pieces, some two inches across dating to the Middle Woodland Period (500BC-500AD).
~A solitary burial of a young girl about 15 years old was uncovered. Careful examination of her teeth revealed that she had borne two children.
Rosamond Peck mentions an article or book titled “Through a Child’s Eyes” available at the Wyoming County Historical Society, Tunkhannock, PA). I could not find any reference of this subject in regard to the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed, but it might be worth contacting the Wyoming County Historical Society.
I did find an interesting organization located in Waverly New York, it is worth a visit.
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