Archaeology Graduate Colloquium held its first meeting of the 2014–15
school year on Wednesday, September 17. The colloquium included presentations
by four student groups summarizing their summer experiences.
Rasmussen, Cher Gilligan, and Jonathan Crise discussed their experience with
the Pennsylvania Highway Archaeology Survey Team (PHAST). PHAST is part of a
long-standing agreement between IUP Anthropology and the Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation (PennDOT). The PHAST team, led by and predominately crewed by
IUP students, provides in-house archaeological services for PennDOT. This
summer, the team completed 15 archaeological projects all across the state.
PHAST is a great opportunity for IUP students to get hands-on experience in
applied archaeology, and it provides a cost-effective way for PennDOT to manage
the archaeological resources related to its projects.
Campetti and Katherine Thorwart presented on their summer assistantships as
field supervisors for the IUP archaeological field school. IUP hosts a field
school every summer; this past year it was at the Late Prehistoric Johnston
Site near Blairsville. Casey and Katherine were responsible for teaching proper
excavation and recording techniques, supervising teams of students, and providing
comic relief. This job provided them with valuable supervisory experience,
which is necessary to meet professional archaeology standards. They also served
as excellent models for younger students.
and Ashley McCuistion, both firs-year MA students, talked about their work at
Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home. The excavation was designed to identify
the remains of buildings at the farm, but public interpretation was also
important. The site is open to the public and is a popular archeo-tourism
destination in Virginia. Ashley and Allen gained valuable experience in
historical archaeology and in public archaeology.
Frankum rounded out the presentations, speaking about her experience in
cultural resource management (CRM). Cheryl has been working in the CRM industry
for five years and has been involved in projects across the U.S. She enrolled in
the Applied Archaeology MA program to earn a degree that will help her move up
within her company. In the U.S., an MA degree and experience qualifies an
archaeologist to lead projects and submit reports for government review. Cheryl
brings valuable real-world experience to the MA program.
Archaeology Graduate Colloquium is convened by Amanda Rasmussen and Hannah
Charlton under the direction of Sarah Neusius.
colloquium will be held on October 14 at 5:00 p.m. and will focus on EndNote.
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