Chiarulli Discusses IUP M.A. in Applied Archaeology Program at the World Archaeological Congress

Posted on 1/21/2013 4:58:21 PM

Beverly Chiarulli, Department of Anthropology, presented a paper and chaired a session at the seventh World Archaeological Congress (WAC), held in the King Hussein Convention Center at the Dead Sea, Jordan. The Congress was held from January 13–18, 2013.

Chiarulli at the Treasury at Petra

Right: Beverly Chiarulli during the WAC 7 tour of the World Heritage Site of Petra

Chiarulli’s presentation described how a course in the IUP M.A. in Applied Archaeology program was designed to help students develop critical professional skills like teamwork, public engagement, and communication. The goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to work with new technologies as well as develop professional skills. Student teams plan and conduct geophysical surveys for outside “clients” like the Archaeological Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Indiana County Trails and Parks Department, local archaeological and historic societies, and community organizations. The paper was part of the session “Teaching and Training the Next Generation to Practice and to Teach.”

Chiarulli was also a member of the WAC Scientific Program Committee. An important part of the Congresses is that participants have the opportunity to tour local archaeological sites, like Petra, a World Heritage site in southern Jordan.

Bev Chiarulli and Ben Thomas from the AIA at WAC 7

Left: Chiarulli and Ben Thomas from the Archaeological Institute of America at WAC 7

Over 1,000 participants from 70 countries attended the Congress. Held once every four years, WAC Congresses are organized around overarching themes, each of which contains multiple sessions that relate to the same overall issue. Sessions and individual contributions (papers, posters, multimedia presentations) were proposed for existing sessions, or independently, to be placed into the program as it developed.