IUP Archaeology Island was featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Cybertainment column on November 29, 2010. The island is part of Linden Lab’s virtual world “Second Life.” It is open to the everyone in Second Life, and was created to show reconstructions of archaeological sites in Pennsylvania, Cyprus, and Belize and an underwater site.
The project was originally funded by a Provost Innovation Fund Award received by Dr. Beverly Chiarulli (Anthropology) and Dr. Scott Moore (History). Other collaborators in the project have included Dr. Sarah Neusius and Dr. Ben Ford, both members of the Anthropology Department. Anthropology Department graduate student Marion Smeltzer redesigned and expanded the exhibits on the island during the past year and has held lectures and discussion groups on the island.