Nine current students discussed their summer adventures on archaeology
projects throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic at the
first Applied Archaeology Graduate Colloquium of the 2013–2014
academic year on September 11. The students described a wide
variety of summer field experiences.
Amanda Rasmussen, Michele Cole, and Katie Turner described
their work with the Pennsylvania Highway Archaeology Survey Team conducting
work for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Historical
and Museum Commission at sites across the state. Their projects ranged from pre-disturbance
surveys for new roads to excavations at the Washington’s Crossing Historic
Kirk Smith and Matt Howryla discussed their work leading an
archaeological survey in the Allegheny National Forest. This project was a
collaboration of the Forest, IUP, Clarion University, Pitt Bradford, the
International Mountain Biking Association, and Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways to
bring an approximately 40-mile mountain bike path to the forest. Matt and Kirk’s
crew excavated approximately 3,200 test pits along the trail route and
identified seven new sites.
Mark Durante presented his summer internship with the Oak
Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Mark worked at Fort A.P.
Hill in Virginia, where he performed a number of tasks, including drafting a
cultural resource management plan. He also delineated a large multicomponent
prehistoric site within the fort.
Tim Carn described his experience as a field supervisor for
the Penn State archaeological field school at Fort Shirely. Fort Shirley was a
French and Indian War-era fort in Huntingdon County. Tim gained valuable
supervisory experience as the field school students excavated the fort’s wall
and a possible cooking feature.
Finally, Dan Sandrowicz and Ashley Taylor discussed their
experience in the Advanced Archaeological Field Methods course. The Advanced
Methods course requires students to plan and execute an archaeological project,
while supervising undergraduates and graduate students. Dan and Ashley were
able to successfully find the western boundary of Historic Hanna’s Town, a
Revolutionary War-era site in Westmoreland County.
Dan Sandrowicz discussing his work at Historic Hanna's Town during the Graduate Colloquium
The Applied Archaeology Graduate Colloquium is a student-run
group that organizes talks and events throughout the academic year. The purpose
of this group is to foster discussion about applied archaeology, and
archaeology in general, and to broaden the experience of students in the
Applied Archaeology M.A. Program.
The next colloquium will feature Sue Prezzano of Clarion
University, who will discuss her recent work at the Millstone Site. This event
is scheduled for October 2.
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