Four graduate students in the Applied Archaeology M.A. program presented their research at the Society for Historical Archaeology annual meeting in Austin, Texas, (January 5–8).
They were joined by Dr. Ben Ford, Amy Salsgiver (IUP Archaeological Services), and Pamella Chamberlain-Clouser, an IUP Anthropology undergraduate.
Angela Jaillet, who won the Society for Historical Archaeology Student Travel Award, presented a paper entitled “Crossroads of the Past and Present at Pandenarium (36ME253): Historical and Archaeological Investigations of an Antebellum African American Freed Settlement in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.”
Other presenters at the meeting included:
Jonathan Libbon, who spoke about “Identity and Work: Archaeological Investigations at a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in the Allegheny National Forest”
Jeff Meyer who presented “The Many Cultural Boundaries and Crossroads at Fort Necessity: Public Archaeology in a Dynamic National Park”
Kristin Swanton who presented her research “The Battle Has Ended, Yet the War Continues: How Contemporary Perspectives of the Pequot War have Impacted Archaeological Research”
Additionally, Amy Salsgiver, a Geography graduate student and IUP Archaeological Services employee, presented “Coal Culture: Discovering Heritage Through Ethnography and Archaeology.”
All five papers were well received and provided the students with excellent networking opportunities.
Dr. Ben Ford presented “Virtual Archaeology,” written by Beverly Chiarulli, Marion Smeltzer, Sarah Neusius, and Robert Moore, as part of a session he cochaired on behalf of the SHA Technology Committee. The all-day session, entitled “Crossing Boundaries with Technology: State of the Art Tools for Terrestrial and Marine Archaeologists,” was well attended.
Dr. Ford also sat on the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology/Academic and Professional Training Committee Combined Student Forum: Old World, New World, Real World, which dealt with the realities of transitioning from academic training to jobs in archaeology.