Beverly Chiarulli, Department of Anthropology, and graduate students Marion Smeltzer and Lydia DeHaven provided Ellis School students in Pittsburgh with a chance to join in experimental archaeological activities. Ninth-grade students flintknapped, made cordage, and drilled holes in rocks with stone tools as part of the annual event on September 28, 2012.
Each year, Ellen Bedell, chair of the Ellis History Department, and other faculty members at the school organize a mock excavation at the school. In addition to the experimental activities, students excavate, analyze, and write about their experience.
The IUP program provides students with the opportunity for hands-on primitive activities. The Ellis School is an independent girls school in Pittsburgh.