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Anthropology’s Chiarulli and Students Participate in Ellis School Archaeology Day

Beverly Chiarulli at the Ellis SchoolDr. Beverly Chiarulli of the IUP Anthropology Department and graduate students Marion Smeltzer and Lydia DeHaven assisted the faculty and students from the Ellis School in Pittsburgh in the school’s annual Archaeology Day on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

The IUP group demonstrated and taught the Ellis ninth graders to flintknap, use stone tools for drilling holes in stone, and make cordage.

Right: Beverly Chiarulli at the Ellis School

This is an annual event, organized by Dr. Ellen Bedell of the Ellis School for her ninth grade World History class. The students also participate in a mock excavation designed to allow them to investigate a site from the American Southwest.

The IUP group provides the students with an opportunity to use “primitive” technologies and to discover that, with a little practice, much can be made with stone tools. Watch a brief video on the activities.

The Ellis School is an independent girls school.

Marion Smeltzer and Lydia DeHaven at the Ellis School

Above: Marion Smeltzer and Lydia DeHaven working with Ellis School Students

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