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Applied Archaeology Student Wins National Geoarchaeology Award

PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference Rebooted

In mid April students and faculty from IUP and Commonwealth University – Bloomsburg gathered in Carlisle for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Undergraduate Anthropology Conference.

Palmiotto Awarded Wenner-Gren Grant to Explore Communal Learning through Ancient Bone Tools

Andrea Palmiotto was recently awarded a post-PhD research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to explore social prescriptions and communal learning in the production of ancient bone tools on the South Carolina coast between 3,000 and 6,000 years ago. 

Twelve Anthropology Students Present Wide Range of Papers, Posters at IUP Scholars Forum

Twelve anthropology students presented a wide range of papers and posters at the IUP Scholars Forum on April 10. Topics ranged from AI to shipwrecks and from equality to animal bones. The faculty, staff, and alumni judges recognized six anthropology students with awards.

Applied Archaeology MA Students Present Research, Win Awards at SPA Annual Meeting

Three Applied Archaeology MA students presented research and won awards at the ninety-third annual meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, held in Carlisle, PA, April 12–14, 2024. They were joined by alumni and faculty in representing IUP Anthropology.

Distinguished University Professor Ford Chosen for Fulbright Award for Study in Portugal

Indiana University of Pennsylvania anthropology professor Ben Ford, IUP’s 2023–24 Distinguished University Professor and chair of IUP’s Department of Anthropology, has been selected as a Fulbright US Scholar for 2024–25.

New Book by Poole Explores Realities of Refugees in Horn of Africa

Indiana University Press has just released "Hosting States and Unsettled Guests: Eritrean Refugees in a Time of Migration Deterrence," co-written by Amanda Poole, professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Riggan, professor of International Studies at Arcadia University.

Unearthing Untold Stories: Team Researches Early Multiethnic Settlement near Johnstown

Students and faculty members from the anthropology, history, and geography areas teamed up to uncover the story of an early multiethnic settlement near Johnstown. Read more about this model for future projects that will benefit both communities and developing researchers.

Anthropology’s Ford Presents at International Underwater Cultural Heritage Conference

Professor Ben Ford recently traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the Underwater Cultural Heritage Conference organized by the Saudi Arabia Heritage Commission.

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.

Anthropology Department Hosting Annual Archaeology Open House, Oct. 28

The Anthropology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold its annual Archaeology Open House on October 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in celebration of International Archaeology Day. The open house and all Archaeology Day events are free and open to the community.

Anthropology Faculty Member Poole Selected for Fulbright Specialist Program

Amanda Poole, a faculty member in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program and has been approved to work on a project in Madagascar.

IUP Students, Faculty to Conduct Third Forensic Archaeology Field School in Germany at Site of World War II Airplane Crash

The Department of Anthropology has been selected by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. through the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to continue its field study in Germany at the site of a crash of a World War II airplane. This is the third year that IUP has been involved in the DPAA mission.

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.”

Ford Selected as IUP Distinguished University Professor for 2023–24 Academic Year

Ben Ford, Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor of anthropology and chair IUP’s Department of Anthropology, has been selected as IUP’s 2023–24 Distinguished University Professor.

Anthropology Students Make a Splash at Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Annual Meeting

Five Applied Archaeology program students presented research at the ninety-second annual meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. Four brought home awards. They were joined by alumni and emeritus professors in representing IUP.

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.

IUP Students Attend Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

Students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania participated in the 22nd annual Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium and presented on two experiential walking trails in our Northern Appalachian community designed during course-based research.