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Sheep Rock Shelter revamped with new technology

Sheep Rock Shelter, located at Raystown Lake, is getting a new review with new technology. (WJAC)

A historical site that experts call one of the most important in the state is in Huntingdon County.

Sheep Rock Shelter, located at Raystown Lake, is getting a new review with new technology.

"Thousands of years ago, this rock began to form at Sheep Rock Shelter," said Jim Herbstritt of the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Sheep Rock Shelter was first discovered in the 1950s. It's an archaeological discovery that's given residents a peek into live here up to thousands of years ago.

"This is unique to the eastern United State," said Kurt Carr of the museum. "It's not a cave,its a rock overhang."

The rock overhang provided shelter to early hunters and foragers of the land. Some were thought to stay for a short time, while others were here longer.

"So this is part of pottery and other items recovered, probably from Susquehanna Indians," Carr said.

In the 1950's, researchers from both Penn State and Juniata Colleges traveled across the lake to explore Sheep Rock.

"The great thing about Huntingdon county,its a reflection of central Pennsylvania," said Dr. Johnathan Burns of Juniata College.

Sheep Rock continues to be explored by a new generation with new technology.

"We can share with others and we can used 3D technology to recreate the artifacts," Burns said.

The family that previously owned the property donated many of the artifacts to the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

"It will be preserved and have new things brought out," said Pam Prosser, a family member who donated to Sheep Rock.

Sheep Rock Shelter is still educating us and offering a rare window into early life in our region.

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