Anthropology's Chiarulli and Graduate Students Participate in Archaeology Month

Posted on 11/21/2011 4:54:55 PM

Dr. Beverly Chiarulli and graduate students in the MA in Applied Archaeology program participated in October 2011 Archaeology Month Activities in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

Right: Marion Smeltzer at the PCSS annual conference in PittsburghOn October 14, graduate student Marion Smeltzer was an exhibitor at the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies annual meeting in Pittsburgh. On October 26, a group from IUP joined archaeologists from around the state in a program at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Right: Marion Smeltzer at the PCSS annual conference in Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies is an organization of K-12 teachers from around the Commonwealth. Each year, the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council and IUP Archaeological Services sponsor an exhibitor’s booth at the PCSS conference. For several years, Marion Smeltzer has staffed the booth and provided teachers with resources for including Pennsylvania archaeology in their classrooms.

Left: Seth Van Dam and the IUP display in Harrisburg

Left: Seth Van Dam and the IUP display in Harrisburg

Each year, archaeologists from around Pennsylvania visit the state capital in Harrisburg as part of Archaeology Month. This year, eighteen graduate students from the M.A. in Applied Archaeology Program joined Dr. Chiarulli at the event. The students produced two exhibits. One was on the impact of Marcellus Shale on Pennsylvania archaeological sites, developed by Jason Espino, Callista Holmes, Andrea Boone, and Randy Kuhlman. The other exhibit, by Meggie Pace, Sara Rubino, and Sarah Mousetis, described the ways that archaeology is used in K–12 schools and listed the college programs in the Commonwealth.

IUP Students work with elementary students in the State Capitol

Above: Glen Hensen (L), Randy Kuhlman (C), and Marion Smeltzer with students making cordage 

Students also assisted with hands-on activities for fourth-grade students at the program and met with some of their state representatives to discuss threats to archaeological sites in the state from drilling. Later in the day, the group met with archaeologists from several state agencies and private consulting firms, including PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Museum, to discuss career options and the roles of archaeologists in state government.