IUP Anthropology Faculty and Student Research Discussed in Publications and Websites

Posted on 3/12/2012 11:42:51 AM

Research by Anthropology professors Sarah Neusius and Beverly Chiarulli and graduate students Lisa Dugas, Donna Smith, Jason Espino, Seth Van Dam, Ashley Brown, Marion Smeltzer, Callista Holmes, Andrea Boon, and David Kroskie have recently been featured in the journals Carnegie and American Archaeology, in the AASCU newsletter, and on the Allegheny Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s website.

Lisa Dugas Presentation on Research Neusius and Dugas were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Carnegie, the magazine of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. The article, “Crossroads of Culture,” describes how Neusius and Dugas have been able to use the collections in the Carnegie to compare material excavated in the 1950s with more recent materials collected by the IUP Late Prehistoric Project. Dugas (in photo) was also able to use the Carnegie collections as part of her M.A. thesis research on the modified implements made from animal bone found at several village sites. Her thesis was completed in December 2011.

Smith's research on the Mary Rinn site was featured in the winter 2011–2012 issue of American Archaeology, the magazine published by the Archaeological Conservancy. Smith's M.A. thesis research used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to survey the Mary Rinn Site in central Indiana County to compare the efectiveness of GPR surveys of the stockades of Late Prehistoric and early French and Indian War sites. The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California.

Research by Chiarulli and coauthors Smith and Eleanor King (Howard University) was spotlighted in the March 7 issue of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities newsletter for their poster presentation at the 91st annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January 2012, Washington, D.C. The poster reported the results of a geophysical survey during the Gila Archaeological Project in New Mexico in 2010 and 2011.

Two papers on M.A. student research have been posted on the website of the Allegheny Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

The first, “Faunal Analysis of the Hatfield Site (36WH678)” by Holmes, Boon, and Kroskie, was originally presented at the 82nd annual meeting of the Society For Pennsylvania Archaeology, April 8–10, 2011, in Morgantown, Pa. It was based on research conducted as part of the Specialized Methods in Archaeology: Faunal Analysis course requirements during the Spring 2011 semester.

The second paper, “Archaeological Prospection of the Hatfield Site, a Monongahela Tradition Village in Washington County” by Espino, Van Dam, Brown, and Smeltzer, was based on research and a report completed as part of the Specialized Methods in Archaeology: Archaeological Geophysics course requirements during the Fall 2011 semester.

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