Joe Baker, PennDOT archaeologist,
presented on technical writing during the Anthropology Department Graduate
Colloquium on February 18, 2014.
Baker, a former IUP Archaeological
Services employee, is currently involved in the protection and management of
cultural resources affected by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He
also administers the Pennsylvania Highway Archaeological Survey Team,
which is housed at IUP and is funded by an agreement with PennDOT.
Baker’s talk imparted to the assembled graduate
students his more than three decades of experience writing and reviewing
archaeological reports. He covered the importance of understanding the intended
audience (clients and reviewers), the need for proper organization, and some
golden rules for preparing graphics and tables. This talk provided students in
the Applied Archaeology MA program with valuable advice gleaned from a lifetime
of experience. Relationships with practicing archaeologists like Baker is one
of the things that makes the Applied Archaeology program strong.
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