Opportunities for Graduate Applied Archaeology Students

Graduate student Germaine McArdle uses Global Positioning System equipment at an archaeological site in New Mexico. FIELD EXPLORER Graduate student Germaine McArdle uses Global Positioning System equipment at an archaeological site in New Mexico.

What's happening for Graduate Students

Applied archaeology students can choose how much they want to engage in activities outside of the classroom.

Archaeological Services

This research center may provide funding and professional experience for students prior to graduation.

Over last 20 years, Archaeological Services, based in the Anthropology Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has conducted more than $8,000,000 in projects and provided technical assistance to agencies as diverse as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Indiana County, township planning commissions, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pittsburgh District, and the Allegheny National Forest.

The center is fully staffed to conduct field and laboratory projects with computers, GPS units, a total; and ArcMap, GPR Slice, and geophysical instruments, including ground-penetrating radar, magnetometers, gradiometers, magnetic susceptibility instruments, and electrical resistivity.

Archaeological Services offers a variety of part-time employment and volunteer opportunities for students.

Graduate Colloquium

The Anthropology Department Graduate Colloquium is a student-run group that organizes talks and events throughout the academic year. The purpose of this group is to foster discussion about applied archaeology, and archaeology in general, and to broaden the experience of students in the Applied Archaeology MA program. Past speakers have included Applied Archaeology MA graduates, visiting professors, and archaeological consultants.

Ethics Bowl Team

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Ethics Bowl is hosted every year as part of their annual conference. IUP has been a regular competitor in the Bowl since the inception of the Applied Archaeology MA program. The Ethics Bowl team is organized as an informal club and provides participants with the opportunity to grapple with thorny situations drawn from real-world examples.