IUP Archaeology Day a Success

Posted on 10/20/2014 10:10:37 AM

The Anthropology Department hosted an archaeology open house as part of International Archaeology Day on October 18, 2014.

The Archaeology Day open house featured displays, videos, demonstrations, and lab tours focused on archaeology conducted at IUP and in the region. Approximately 100 people visited the department during the two-hour event.

Archaeology Open House 2014The ground-floor hall of McElhaney was dominated by displays featuring recent work at the Johnston Site near Blairsville and Historic Hanna’s Town near Greensburg, as well as artifact displays.

The anthropology classroom was turned into a movie theater showing videos from IUP archaeology field schools, as well as episodes of Time Team America. Additionally, the faunal, geophysics, X-ray florescence, microscopy, and Pennsylvania Highway Archaeology Survey Team laboratories were all open for tours and demonstrations. There were also hands-on activities for kids. Many visitors stayed for the entire event and seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

The event was organized by archaeology graduate students and faculty in the Anthropology Department, in particular Emily Masters and Sarah Neusius.