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Anthropology faculty and students are conducting many anthropological and archaeological research projects as part of their academic program work and through IUP Archaeological Services.

We work in locations throughout western Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world. A small sampling of our projects:

Academic Program Work

Hanna's Town Redware MugHistoric Hanna’s Town, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Excavations, artifact analysis, historical research, and digital archaeology to reconstruct 18th-century life on the Pennsylvania frontier.

Bronze Axe2Early Metallurgy in Asia

Investigation of early metallurgy in southeast China and northern Vietnam during the period 1200–600 BCE.

Core Sampling LouisianaGeoarchaeology at the Raffman Mound Center, Madison Parish, Louisiana

Geologic research to study the timing and pacing of mound construction at the Coles Creek period (ca. A.D. 700–1200) Raffman Mound Center as well as investigating possible environmental factors contributing to the site’s abandonment.

Scan of shipwreck in Great Lakes from War of 1812 War of 1812 Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes

National Geographic Society-funded project to survey two shipwrecks associated with this crucial battle zone for the United States and Great Britain in the War of 1812.

MSADPL technology in CyprusMobile Spatial Data Acquisition and Processing Lab Geophysical Technologies

Instrumentation for advanced geophysical and geospatial mapping in faculty and student research obtained through funding from PASSHE and the National Science Foundation.

Public archaeology Public Archaeology

Partnering with the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council, the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, and other groups to introduce archaeology methods to elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the state.

Hanna's Town data being presented by graduate studentBushy Run Battlefield, Westmoreland County, PA

State-funded research to determine whether soldiers of Henry Bouquet’s 42nd Royal American Regiment were buried here after the Battle of Bushy Run, an important late skirmish of the French and Indian War.

IUP Archaeological Services 

Dig by IUP Archaeological ServicesMore than $15 million in projects and technical assistance to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, National Park Service, and dozens of other agencies.

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