Three current M.A. in Applied Archaeology students, Jason Espino, Seth Van Dam, and Ashley Brown, were recently published in North American Archaeologist. In addition, Jonathan Libbon, a recent graduate, published a portion of his thesis in Pennsylvania Archaeologist.
Espino, Van Dam, and Brown’s article, “Archaeological Prospection of the Hatfield Site: A Monongahela Tradition Village in Washington County, Pennsylvania,” discusses their geophysical investigation at this major site south of Pittsburgh. They employed magnetic susceptibility, magnetic gradient, and ground-penetrating radar to identify subsurface features, including dwellings and pits. The work leading to this article began as a class project for Archaeological Geophysics and built on Espino’s excavations at the site with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.
Above: Espino with poster version of the paper at the Society for Pennsylvnaia Archaeology annual meeting in spring 2012
Libbon’s article, “We Had Everything but Money: A Study of Buying Strategies at a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in the Allegheny National Forest,” summarizes his comparison of the Allegheny Forest camp to other CCC camps and Depression-era domestic sites. He found that even when the CCC enrollees had discretionary income, they continued to make thrifty buying decisions similar to other citizens during the Depression.
Jon Libbon presenting his thesis research to the Anthropology Department in May 2011
The Anthropology Department is very proud of these students and their drive to complete the scientific process by publishing their results.