Anthropology Department Schedules Summer Archaeological Field Schools

Posted on 2/25/2011 3:13:54 PM

Graduate and undergraduate archaeological field schools are planned this summer at the site of Historic Hanna’s Town from July 5–August 12, 2011.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in an archaeological excavation? If so, you can register for the Anthropology Department's six-week Archaeological Field School this summer.

The six-week field school will start at the beginning of the Summer II term and end one week after the term ends. The graduate and undergraduate sections will be concurrent. No experience is required for ANTH 320/520, which can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Junior or senior undergraduates can apply to take the course for graduate credit. ANTH 740, the advanced field school, is limited to graduate students with previous experience.  

Historic Hanna’s Town in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1773, was the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains and, for a time, vied with Pittsburgh for regional dominance. In 1782 the town was destroyed by a combined British/Native American force and, by the early nineteenth century, the site was abandoned, leaving a unique single-generation glimpse of eighteenth-century life in Western Pennsylvania and the Northwest Territory.

Contact the Anthropology Department for an application. All registrations are by instructor permission only. Applications are due no later than March 18.


ANTH 320/520 Archaeological Field School (6 credits)

An introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing. Required for all Archaeology Track students or graduate students without significant field experience, can be taken by any undergraduate or graduate student interested in archaeology.

ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (6 credits)

Advanced instruction in survey and excavation field methods and technology, with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings, and the logistics of supervising field projects.

Cost: Six credits, either graduate or undergraduate, at the IUP Summer rate. Housing may be available through the IUP Office of Housing and Residence Life or can be obtained individually.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ben Ford,, or Dr. Beverly Chiarulli,