WeatherPort® Shelters for Archaeology

When the experts at the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute needed a fabric membrane structure to safely shelter an excavation site in Florida, they chose a heavy gable building from WeatherPort®.

WeatherPort fabric structures offer ideal shelter for any task including excavating valuable artifacts.

WeatherPort fabric structures offer ideal shelter for any task including excavating valuable artifacts.

Mercyhurst began its dig in 2014 at the Old Vero Man Site, first uncovered more than 100 years ago in Indian River County, Florida. Mercyhurst’s second season of excavations under the auspices of the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee started in January 2015.

Archaeologists hope to find evidence of some of our earliest relatives in North America and gain a better understanding of ancient mankind. Additionally, the group is looking for indications that prehistoric Native Americans lived with ice-age animals and now-extinct plants more than 11,000 years ago.

Mercyhurst’s 24-foot-by-60-foot WeatherPort HGB (heavy gable building) features polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabric that allows in natural light while blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The fabric structure was designed to accommodate a lighting system and boasts wide entrances that allow easy access and egress for archaeologists, students, equipment, and valuable artifacts.

If your archaeology team needs a portable tensioned membrane structure that’s easy to install
and can safely shelter an excavation site, take a cue from the experts at Mercyhurst University
and call +1-970-399-5909, email or fill out an online information request.


  • WeatherPort

    WeatherPort Shelter Systems™ (WP) is a Colorado based business that custom-designs high-performance fabric buildings for any application. Our custom-built structures offer an unmatched level of portability and long-lasting durability. Since opening our doors in 1968, we have successfully produced and delivered engineered fabric structures to more than 85 countries!

One Comment

  1. Christopher-Reply
    October 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Archaeologists don’t search for faumos artifacts. Most archaeology involves either salvage work or more in-depth research at one site, and the reconstruction of the cultural history of that site.Archaeologists don’t like to draw conclusions from unique artifacts, but mostly draw conclusions from patterns among hundreds or thousands of artifacts, their contexts, their distribution, etc. Statistical tests help with this.Context is everything. In archaeology that can mean where something was found, in which layers of soil (through which layers for postholes, pits, etc.), with which other artifacts, in which structures, etc. A lot of archaeology takes place in the lab, as well as in the field, e.g. cataloguing the finds from the field work of the previous season(s).

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