First Applied Archaeology Graduate Colloquium of 2013–2014 Focuses on Student Summer Experiences

Posted on 9/13/2013 12:23:35 PM

Nine current students discussed their summer adventures on archaeology projects throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic at the first Applied Archaeology Graduate Colloquium of the 2013–2014 academic year on September 11. The students described a wide variety of summer field experiences.  

Amanda Rasmussen, Michele Cole, and Katie Turner described their work with the Pennsylvania Highway Archaeology Survey Team conducting work for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at sites across the state. Their projects ranged from pre-disturbance surveys for new roads to excavations at the Washington’s Crossing Historic Park.

Kirk Smith and Matt Howryla discussed their work leading an archaeological survey in the Allegheny National Forest. This project was a collaboration of the Forest, IUP, Clarion University, Pitt Bradford, the International Mountain Biking Association, and Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways to bring an approximately 40-mile mountain bike path to the forest. Matt and Kirk’s crew excavated approximately 3,200 test pits along the trail route and identified seven new sites.

Mark Durante presented his summer internship with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Mark worked at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, where he performed a number of tasks, including drafting a cultural resource management plan. He also delineated a large multicomponent prehistoric site within the fort.

Tim Carn described his experience as a field supervisor for the Penn State archaeological field school at Fort Shirely. Fort Shirley was a French and Indian War-era fort in Huntingdon County. Tim gained valuable supervisory experience as the field school students excavated the fort’s wall and a possible cooking feature.

Finally, Dan Sandrowicz and Ashley Taylor discussed their experience in the Advanced Archaeological Field Methods course. The Advanced Methods course requires students to plan and execute an archaeological project, while supervising undergraduates and graduate students. Dan and Ashley were able to successfully find the western boundary of Historic Hanna’s Town, a Revolutionary War-era site in Westmoreland County.

Dan Sandrowicz at the 2013 Grad Colloquium
Dan Sandrowicz discussing his work at Historic Hanna's Town during the Graduate Colloquium

The Applied Archaeology Graduate Colloquium is a student-run group that organizes talks and events throughout the academic year. The purpose of this group is to foster discussion about applied archaeology, and archaeology in general, and to broaden the experience of students in the Applied Archaeology M.A. Program.

The next colloquium will feature Sue Prezzano of Clarion University, who will discuss her recent work at the Millstone Site. This event is scheduled for October 2.

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