IUP Anthropology Summer Field Schools

IUP Anthropology believes that experiential learning is the cornerstone of student success. Anthropology is something that you have to do in order to really understand. An important part of that experience building is summer field schools. This summer, Anthropology is offering four field schools: Archaeological Field Schools, Advanced Archaeological Field Methods, Forensic Archaeology Field School, and Underwater Cultural Resource Management.

Archaeological Field School at Squirrel Hill Site

IUP will offer an Archaeological Field School this summer from May 20 to June 28, 2024, at the National Register listed site of Squirrel Hill (36Wm0035), located in New Florence, Pennsylvania.


Ford and Colleagues Publish on Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks

Ben Ford (Anthropology), James Delgado (SEARCH) and Michael Brennan (SEARCH) published an article on the Gulf of Mexico maritime cultural landscape.

Ford Appointed Chair of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board

Ben Ford, Department of Anthropology, was recently appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board.


Anthropologist Poole Publishes in Journal of Refugee Studies

Why does education harm refugees? Amanda Poole of the Department of Anthropology tackles this vexing question in an article published in the Journal of Refugee studies titled “What Kind of Weapon Is Education? Teleological Violence, Local Integration, and Refugee Education in Northern Ethiopia.”


Anthropology Students Show Their Depth at Scholars Forum

Seventeen anthropology students presented a wide range of papers and posters at the April 5 IUP Scholars Forum. Topics ranged from coronavirus to shipwrecks and from equality to animal bones. The faculty and staff judges recognized four anthropology students with awards.

Anthropology has Strong Showing at National Archaeology Conference

IUP anthropologists were busy at the recent (March 29–April 2) Society for American Archaeology annual meeting. All of the archaeology faculty gave talks, as well as several talks and posters by graduate students. The IUP Ethics Bowl team took second in that competition.

Adams and Poole Present at Society for Applied Anthropology National Conference

Anthropologists Abigail Adams and Amanda Poole presented a paper titled “All in for Applied Anthropology” at the Society for Applied Anthropology national conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 29–April 1. Their panel, “Leading and Assessing Curricular Reform in Higher Education,” was sponsored by the Higher Education Topical Interest Group of the SfAA.


Adams Discusses Fear and Empathy

On March 1, 2023, medical anthropologist Abigail Adams presented a workshop for the Leadership in a Multicultural Society Series, titled "Fear and Empathy."


Ford Elected Archaeology Society Director

Ben Ford (Anthropology Department) was recently elected to the Society for Historical Archaeology Board of Directors.