Anthropology’s Ben Ford recently attended the 48th annual conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Seattle,
Washington, where he presented a research paper and participated in two panels.
Ford’s paper, titled “The Lake Oneida Durham Boat,” was the
first public presentation of preliminary data from a suspected Durham boat sunk beneath Oneida Lake, New York. If
conclusively identified, this is the first known example of a Durham boat, a
vessel type that played an important role in Pennsylvania and New York commerce
prior to the mid-19th century. Work to record and identify the
shipwreck will continue this summer. This research is partially supported by an
IUP Senate Research Committee Small Grant.
Ford also served on two panels: “Ethics in Historical
Archaeology” and “Equity (Issues) for All, Historical Archaeology as a
Profession in the 21st Century.” Both panels tackled topics
important to archaeologists today, ranging from the involvement of reality TV
in archaeology (e.g., National Geographic’s Diggers) to ways to avoid sexual harassment
and assault in the field, stemming from the recent SAFE Survey.
Finally, Ford continued to serve on the Society for
Historical Archaeology Board of Directors.
Department of Anthropology