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Smith Wins Student Paper Competition at Eastern States Archaeological Federation Meeting

Applied Archaeology master’s student Stefanie Smith recently won the student paper competition at the annual meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation (ESAF), held in Portland, Maine, on October 31–November 3. Her paper, “A Tale of Two Taverns: Frontier Life and Food Consumption at Hanna’s Town,” presented some of the results of her master’s thesis research on the animal remains recovered from past excavations at Hanna’s Town, a colonial settlement that was the first county seat for Westmoreland County and the first court of justice west of the Alleghenies.

The student paper competition is judged by a panel of scholars and awarded based on the content of the paper, the quality of the oral presentation, and the importance to the contribution to the field of archaeology. The award includes a certificate of award, a year’s membership in ESAF, a cash prize, and an opportunity to publish the paper in the society’s journal, Archaeology of Eastern North America.

Stefanie SmithPhoto: Stefanie Smith, winner of the student paper competition at the Eastern States Archaeological Federation annual meeting

Smith’s research is providing some of the first information on 18th-century diet in Western Pennsylvania. These data, in turn, provide insights into frontier life in Western Pennsylvania during Colonial times.

Hanna’s Town is currently managed as an historic site by the Westmoreland County Historical Society, and Ben Ford, IUP Department of Anthropology, is leading collections analysis and further excavation at this important site. Sarah Neusius, IUP Anthropology, is Smith’s thesis advisor.

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