IUP Archaeological Services, directed by Anthropology professor Beverly Chiarulli, has extended its cultural resources partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for five years in a new $820,000 agreement.
The agreement will allow IUP faculty and students to assist PennDot with artifact curation, in-house surveys, public outreach, and geophysical investigations.
Beverly Chiarulli, director of IUP Archaeological Services
IUP Archaeological Services has partnered with PennDot since 1999. This is the fifth partnership agreement between the two state agencies. The partnerships have supplied PennDot with cultural resource expertise and provided IUP faculty, staff, and students with experience and opportunities to learn, practice, and perfect their skills and operation techniques. Through these projects, Archaeological Services fulfills its professional commitment to the preservation of Pennsylvania's cultural heritage and generates important new information related to its 14,000 year history.
While PennDot's primary mission is to improve the transportation system for Pennsylvania, it is also required by federal and state law and regulations to consider the effects of its projects on historic properties and archaeological sites in the Commonwealth.
Under the previous agreements, Archaeological Services has prepared more than 500,000 artifacts from PennDot investigations for permanent storage at the Pennsylvania State Museum, partnered in the development of the Byways to the Past conference, published public outreach booklets on the archaeological investigations on PennDot projects as well as electronic versions of technical reports, and provided opportunities for graduate students in the MA in Applied Archaeology program to work with PennDot archaeologists through internships and crew chiefs on in-house surveys.
Students working on the PennDot Curation Project