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Department of Anthropology Hosts PASSHE Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference

Ten IUP Anthropology students were among the 36 PASSHE students who presented their original research in cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology, and archaeology at the 2014 PASSHE Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference.

Students’ research focused on such diverse subjects as: rural homelessness in Indiana County, forensic analyses of skeletal remains, the importance of beauty among Korean women, the relationship between women’s social roles and fashion, historical and prehistorical archaeology, food and culture of feudal Japan, gender roles in door-holding, and more.

The two-day conference on April 12–13 attracted students and faculty from the Pennsylvania State System, and gave students a chance to make links across the state with other anthropology students and to prepare for graduate school and professional conferences.

Elizabeth Reynolds presenting at the 28th annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology ConferenceAttendees from the IUP community were treated to a talk given by Olivia Navarro-Farr, from Wooster College. Navarro-Farr’s talk, “Fire Ceremony, Sacred Memory, and the Ritual Revitalization: Remembering Kaloomte Kabel at the Classic Maya City of El Peru-Waka,” recounted for her audience the fascinating process of finding the tomb of an ancient Maya warrior princess, and how her data was interpreted.

Photo: Elizabeth Reynolds presenting at the 28th annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference

IUP students who participated include: Amanda Balough, Samantha Conklin, Ian Haffling, Seana Herald (in collaboration with alumni Kelly Muthler and Stephen Luciano), Lisa McCann, Connor McClain, Rachelle Millard, Elizabeth Reynolds, Chloe Stevens, and David Wolfe.

The organizers, Abigail Adams and Anastasia Hudgins, gratefully acknowledge the assistance in organizing the conference provided by the Anthropology Club (especially Brandon McDowell, Samantha Conklin, and Elye Schenk), and the generous financial contributions made by Dean Yaw Asamoah, Latin American Studies, Native American Awareness Council, Office of Social Equity, and Women’s Studies.

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