Summer Archaeological Field School

Posted on 2/25/2015 3:46:33 PM

Undergraduate and graduate archaeological field schools are planned this summer at the site of Historic Hanna’s Town from July 13–August 14, 2015.

2013 IUP Field School at Hanna’s Town
2013 IUP Field School at Hanna’s Town

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in an archaeological excavation? If so, you can register for the Anthropology Department’s five-week Archaeological Field School this summer.

The five-week field school will be held during the Summer II term and will meet six days per week (Monday through Saturday). No experience is required for ANTH 320/520, which can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. ANTH 740, the advanced field school, is limited to students with previous experience.

Historic Hanna’s Town in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1769, was the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains and, for a time, vied with Pittsburgh for regional dominance. In 1782, the town was destroyed by a combined Seneca/British force and, by the early 19th century, the site was abandoned, leaving a unique, single-generation glimpse of 18th-century life in Western Pennsylvania and the Northwest Territory.

Contact the Anthropology Department for an application. All registrations are by instructor permission only. Applications are due no later than March 20, 2015.

Hanna's Town Sign


ANTH 320/520 Archaeological Field School (6 credits)

An introduction to archaeological survey, field excavation, and laboratory processing. Required for all Archaeology track students or graduate students without significant field experience, and can be taken by any undergraduate or graduate student interested in archaeology regardless of major.

ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (6 credits)

Advanced instruction in survey and excavation field methods and technology, with an emphasis on the application of research designs to field settings, and the logistics of supervising field projects.


Six credits, either graduate or undergraduate, at the IUP summer rate. Housing may be available through the IUP Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, or can be obtained individually.

For additional information, contact Ben Ford at