On April 11, Sarah Neusius presented a talk entitled “Recent Investigations at the Johnston Site” at the April 2014 meeting of the Venango Archaeology Chapter 30 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA) in Franklin, Pa.
Her talk summarized the research she and Beverly Chiarulli, retired director of IUP Archaeological Services, have been doing at this important site in Indiana County.
The Johnston site is the type site for the Johnston Phase of the archaeologically recognized Monongahela Tradition of southwestern Pennsylvania. IUP’s excavations at this site since 2006 have been revealing new information about the site and its dating.
The SPA, originally organized in 1929, is a statewide organization that publishes the journal Pennsylvania Archaeologist. Neusius is the current president of this organization, which also has a number of affiliated local chapters, like the Venango Archaeology chapter. Its mission is to promote the study and conservation of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage through scientific research and to foster cooperation and exchange of information between professional and avocational archaeologists.
Department of Anthropology