Beverly Chiarulli, Department of Anthropology, has been awarded funding to provide assistance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The funding is part of a five-year agreement to provide PennDot with cultural resource technical assistance for archaeological and public outreach projects.
Above: 2011 PHAST crew members with PennDot Cultural Resource professional Susanne Haney (left)
The first of these projects consists of funding for the 2013–2014 season of the PennDot Highway Archaeological Survey Team (PHAST) program. In this project, IUP staff and students work with PennDot Cultural Resource professionals to conduct small archaeological investigations as part of the PennDot highway planning process. This award for $122,378 will fund the program from April 1, 2013, through March 30, 2014.
Above: IUP students in the Curation Lab in 2011. All of this material is now in the Pennsylvania State Museum.
The other project will continue a long-term effort by PennDot to prepare archaeological collections recovered during highway construction projects to be prepared for permanent curation at the Pennsylvania State Museum. In June 2012, Archaeological Services completed an effort to conserve more than 500,000 artifacts and move them to the State Museum. Not only were these materials preserved, but the many IUP students hired for the project gained experience for their future careers. The new project, which received $52,000 in funding, will be much more limited, but will again help preserve the tangible heritage of Pennsylvania.