Anthropology Department faculty members Beverly Chiarulli and Sarah Neusius and graduate student Lisa Dugas presented on their research at the fortieth annual Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, held March 17–20, 2011, in Ocean City, Maryland.
Beverly Chiarulli and Lisa Dugas at the MAAC Lithic Workshop
Beverly Chiarulli participated in a lithic workshop and poster session with a poster and display of western Pennsylvania raw material types. Her poster was titled “The Late Prehistoric Patterns of Raw Material Exploitation in Western Pennsylvania.”
The Prehistoric Lithic Technology Workshop provided a chance for conference attendees to examine a wide variety of source materials from the Middle Atlantic region, as well as look at experimental flint knapping.
Dr. Chiarulli also presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Sarah Neusius titled “Late Woodland Sites, Sensitivity Models and Geophysical Investigations in Western Pennsylvania” in a session dedicated to the memory of Kristen A. Beckman. For almost thirty years, the late Dr. Kristen A. Beckman, of Skelly and Loy, Inc., was a practicing professional archaeologist in the Mid-Atlantic Region. This memorial session was presented in order to honor her contributions to cultural resource management. Dr. Beckman and other members of the Skelly Cultural Resource Group worked with IUP Archaeological Services and John Milner Associates on the Transportation Enhancement-funded Investigation of Late Woodland villages in three watersheds in Pennsylvania.
Lisa Dugas presenting at the MAAC conference
Lisa Dugas presented a paper titled “Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes in Southern Maryland” on research conducted in her work with GAI Consulatants, co-authored by David Cremeens, GAI Consultants, Inc., and Jonathan Lothrop of the New York State Museum. Lisa is completing her second year in the M.A. in Applied Archaeology program in the Anthropology Department.