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Excavation of a historic smokehouse

Investigating a possible historic smokehouse near Clarksburg, Indiana County

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Fox Gap

The Fox Gap Archaeological Project, funded through a grant from Preservation Maryland and co-sponsored by the National Park Service, The Appalachian Trail Conference, the Central Maryland Heritage League, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Archaeological Services had two important goals. In part, it intended to gather enough information about the above and below ground historic and prehistoric resources of the Fox Gap area, particularly in the area of the Wise Farm, to produce a plan for their future management. The project was also intended to help train Appalachian Trail volunteers and ATC and NPS Trail Project Office staff in the rudiments of identifying, monitoring, and caring for the buried past; skills they can employ from Maine to Georgia to make better resource management decisions. The Fox Gap project combined a fabulous archaeological and historic resource in a beautiful setting with a management philosophy and project mission that is unique in the National Park System.

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014

  • PennDot: Curation "orphaned" archaeological collections
  • PennDOT: Pennsylvania Highway Archaeological Survey Team
  • PennDOT: Geomorphological services.
  • Allegheny National Forest, Jakes Rocks Epic Mountain Bike Trail survey
  • Allegheny Portage National Historic Site three-dimensional scanning of structures

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013

  • PennDot: Curation "orphaned" archaeological collections
  • PennDot: Preparation of three Byways to the Past booklets
  • PennDOT Task 4: Pennsylvania Highway Archaeological Survey Team
  • Allegheny National Forest, Jakes Rocks Epic Mountain Bike Trail survey
  • Geophysical surveys on the Wide Ruins of the Fort Defiance Agency for Northland Research, Arizona
  • Geophysical cemetery survey for GAI Consultants, Indiana
  • Electrical resistivity survey of abandoned coal mines for D'Appolonia Engineering
  • Allegheny Portage National Historic Site three-dimensional scanning of structures

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012

  • PennDot Task 15: Curation "orphaned" archaeological collections
  • PennDot Task 20: Development of PennDOT website
  • PennDOT Task 23: Pennsylvania Highway Archaeological Survey Team
  • Squirrel Hill Geophysical Investigation
  • Various volunteer geophysical surveys: Ft. Shirley, Hanna's Town, Smicksburg, Hatfield Site, Rumbarger Cemetery, Salisbury Union Cemetery

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011

  • PennDot Task 15: Year 4 Curation "orphaned" archaeological collections
  • PennDot Task 18: Support of PATH Website Development
  • PennDOT Task 19: Pennsylvania Highway Archaeological Survey Team
  • Geophysical survey of Best Farm enslaved area, Monocacy Battlefield, National Park Service

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010

  • PennDOT Task 8: Year 3 Curation "orphaned" archaeological collections
  • PennDOT Task 13: Production of Technical Report CDs
  • PennDOT Task 14: In-house Pilot Field Project
  • PennDOT Task 16: Supplemental Curation Project
  • Venango County Historic Resource Survey Project
  • IUP Senate Fellowship Award for Research on Late Woodland Settlement in the Crooked Creek Watershed
  • IUP Senate Research Award for Analysis of Botanical Samples and Assistance with Field School

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009

  • IUP Senate C-14 Dates
  • PennDOT Task 7: Year 2 Curation of Orphaned Collections
  • Morris Knowles & Associates (Phase I Survey of Blacklick Creek Proposed Pipeline)
  • NPS Lemon House Monitoring
  • PennDOT Task 9: Byways to the Past Technical Report CD Production
  • Tech Fee Innovation Grant fpr
  • RI Funds for New Mexico Survey
  • PennDot Task 10: Byways Public Booklet
  • PennDOT Task 11: Byways to the Past Technical
  • PennDOT Task 12: Phase I Survey of Proposed Wetland Bank Site in Greene County, PA District 12

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008

  • PennDOT Task 5: Byways to the Past Technical Reports
  • Phase I Investigations of the Lemon House, NPS Allegheny Portage National Historic Site
  • PennDOT Task 6: Geomorphologic Investigations
  • PennDOT Task 7: Year 2 Curation
  • NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant PI with Co-PIs Dr. R. Scott Moore, Dr. Francis Allard, Dr. John Benhart, and Dr. Jon Lewis
  • PennDOT 5-Year Agreement Task 1
  • Robert Kimball and Associates Phase I Archaeological Survey of the KCAC

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006

  • PennDOT Curation Agreement, Year 4
  • National Park Service Phase II/III Investigations at the Southfork Clubhouse
  • PennDOT Tasks 12-15 Cultural Resource Management Technical Assistance Year 4, including Byways to the Past Conference, PennDOT Curation Agreement, Year 3
  • National Park Service Archaeological Investigation of Southfork Fishing and Hunting Club Clubhouse and Moorhead Cottage for Save America’s Treasure Funded Project
  • Phase I Archaeological Survey Belfast Township, Fulton County
  • Norfolk Southern Curation of Collections

Projects Awarded from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005

  • Yearly Task for Open End PennDOT Curation Agreement, Year 2
  • PennDot Tasks 9-11 Cultural Resource Management Assistance, including Byways to the Past Conference, Year 3
  • NPS Phase III Investigation Engine House 9
  • Senate Phase Templeton 1A
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: Investigations of Late Woodland Sites
  • Senate Engineering, Phase IB Archaeological Survey, Templeton Armstrong County
  • NPS Flight 93 Overview and Assessment
  • PHMC Archaeological Training Program at Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Senate Engineering Templeton Addition Survey
  • Senate Engineering, Phase IB Archaeological Survey Totteridge Development Westmoreland County
  • GDF Associates, Inc. Phase I Archaeological Survey Osceola Mills, Clearfield and Centre Counties
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Projects Awarded from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004

  • Yearly Task for Open End PennDOT Curation Agreement, Year 1
  • PennDOT Tasks 5-8Cultural Resource Management Assistance including Byways to the Past Conference, Year 2
  • ASC Group Heritage Survey in the Allegheny National. Forest
  • Bower Hill Development Phase II Survey (RI-0304-040
  • Trek Development, Indiana County Housing Development (RI-0304-071)
  • Bentworth School District Phase I Archaeological and Historic Structure Survey (RI-0304-053)
  • Sopko Phase 1b Archaeological Survey of Walnut Ridge Development (RI-0304-070)
  • Sopko Phase 1 Archaeological Survey of Walnut Ridge Survey (RI-0304-050)
  • NPS Phase 1 Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Trail, Allegheny Portage National Historic Site
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh, PA Magnetic Susceptibility Investigation of Archaeological Sites in the Leetsdale Project
  • Anthropology Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room G-1
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2841
  • Fax: 724-357-7637
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  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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