PennDOT Archaeologist Discusses Job Skills with Anthropology Graduate Students

Posted on 2/19/2014 11:18:17 AM

Joe Baker, PennDOT archaeologist, presented on technical writing during the Anthropology Department Graduate Colloquium on February 18, 2014.

Baker, a former IUP Archaeological Services employee, is currently involved in the protection and management of cultural resources affected by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He also administers the Pennsylvania Highway Archaeological Survey Team, which is housed at IUP and is funded by an agreement with PennDOT.

Baker’s talk imparted to the assembled graduate students his more than three decades of experience writing and reviewing archaeological reports. He covered the importance of understanding the intended audience (clients and reviewers), the need for proper organization, and some golden rules for preparing graphics and tables. This talk provided students in the Applied Archaeology MA program with valuable advice gleaned from a lifetime of experience. Relationships with practicing archaeologists like Baker is one of the things that makes the Applied Archaeology program strong.

Department of Anthropology