Chiarulli Presents on Late Woodland Sites in Pennsylvania at Transportation Research Board Meeting

Posted on 1/26/2011 10:03:09 PM

Beverly Chiarulli, of the Anthropology Department, presented a poster at the nintieth annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C., on January 25, 2011.

The poster, “Developing GIS-Based Predictive Models and Treatment Plans for Late Woodland Sites in Pennsylvania,” presented the results of a three-year research project funded by Transportation Enhancement funds.

The poster describes a project designed to develop predictive models and treatment plans for the discovery and investigation of Late Woodland prehistoric sites (A.D. 800–1600) in watersheds from three physiographic provinces across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Late Woodland sites typically are the most complicated archaeological sites encountered during the planning and construction of transportation projects and can seriously impact construction schedules and budgets.

In September 2007, IUP Archaeological Services (AS) and its partners, John Milner Associates (JMA) and Skelly and Loy, Inc. (S&L), were awarded a contract to develop predictive models and treatment plans for the investigation of the Conemaugh watershed in western Pennsylvania (AS), the Bald Eagle Watershed in central Pennsylvania (S&L), and the Brandywine Watershed in the eastern part of the state (JMA).

Dr. Barbara Gundy of Skelly and Loy collaborated on the poster, which was part of a session organized by TRB Committee ADC50: Archaeology and Historic Preservation. In addition to the presentation in Washington, the poster is included in the TRB Online Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers.

The Transportation Research Board is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council—a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. More than 4,000 papers are presented at the annual meeting related to all types of research related to transportation issues.