Anthropology Department Accepting Applications for Summer Archaeological Field Schools and Field Assistants

Posted on 2/20/2013 4:59:33 PM

Graduate and undergraduate archaeological field schools are planned this summer at the site of Historic Hanna’s Town from July 15–August 16, 2013. Field Assistant Applications are also being solicited.

Students in the 2011 Field School at Hannas Town
Students in the 2011 Field School at Hannas Town

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in an archaeological excavation? If so, you can register for the Anthropology Department’s five-week Archaeological Field School this summer.

The five-week field school will be held during the Summer II term and will meet six days per week (Monday through Saturday). The graduate and undergraduate sections will be concurrent. No experience is required for ANTH 320/520, which can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Junior or senior undergraduates can apply to take the course for graduate credit. ANTH 740, the advanced field school, is limited to graduate students with previous experience.

Historic Hanna’s Town in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1773, was the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains and, for a time, vied with Pittsburgh for regional dominance. In 1782, the town was destroyed by a combined British/Native American force and, by the early 19th century, the site was abandoned, leaving a unique, single-generation glimpse of 18th-century life in Western Pennsylvania and the Northwest Territory.

Contact the Anthropology Department for an application. All registrations are by instructor permission only. Applications are due no later than March 29, 2013.

Staff and Students in the 2011 Hannas Town Field
Staff and Students in the 2011 Hannas Town Field


ANTH 320/520 Archaeological Field School (6 credits)

An introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing. Required for all Archaeology Track students or graduate students without significant field experience, can be taken by any undergraduate or graduate student interested in archaeology.

ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (6 credits)

Advanced instruction in survey and excavation field methods and technology, with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings, and the logistics of supervising field projects.

Cost: Six credits, either graduate or undergraduate, at the IUP Summer rate. Housing may be available through the IUP Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining or can be obtained individually.

Field Assistant Positions

This assistantship will provide funding for a field supervisor at the summer 2013 field school and will continue funding into the 2013–2014 academic year. The student must be an incoming or current member of the IUP Applied Archaeology M.A. program and must be available from July 15 through August 16. Responsibilities will include supervising students during the field school, and processing artifacts and records during the academic year. The field assistant will be paid $500 during the field school and will be a 10-hr/wk research assistant during the academic year, which entitles the student to a salary and partial tuition. In addition to funding and supervisory experience, this internship will provide access to a large dataset that may be used for an M.A. thesis.

In order to apply for this assistantship, please send an e-mail to Ben Ford ( explaining your interest in the position and why you feel that you would be a good field supervisor. It is also necessary to complete an IUP Graduate Assistantship Application if you have not already done so. Both the e-mail to Ford and the IUP Assistantship Application are due by March 15, 2013.

For additional information, contact Ben Ford at, or Phil Neusius at