Ford Plays an Active Role at Historical and Underwater Archaeology Conference

Posted on 1/18/2015 7:53:35 PM

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