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 Shelter Systems.

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 contact us.

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