Applied Archaeology Graduate Students Present Papers, Receive Awards at Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Meetings

Posted on 4/22/2015 1:10:22 PM

Three current Applied Archaeology graduate students, Hannah Charlton, Amanda Rasmussen, and Angela Goreczny, recently presented papers related to their MA thesis projects at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA), held April 10–12, 2015, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Charleton and Goreczny also received awards at the meeting.

Charlton and Goreczny  received the Kinsey Award from the SPA, which included a small monetary award, a year’s membership in the organization, and a chance to publish a version of their paper in the journal Pennsylvania Archaeologist. In addition, Goreczny received the Hatch Award from the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council, which comes with a monetary award to help defray the costs of meeting attendance.

Charlton and Goreczny at SPA 2015
Photo: Hannah Charlton and Angela Goreczny receive the Kinsey Award at the 2015 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Annual Meeting

Charlton’s paper was titled “Glass, Floods, and Government Work: Finding Blairsville’s Industrial Past,” and she presented her documentary research concerning the Columbia Plate Glass factory that was located on the edge of Blairsville in the early 20th century.

Rasmussen presented a paper titled “Surface Collection and Block Excavation: Testing at Fort Halifax Park,” describing her thesis work on locating Fort Halifax in Dauphin County.

Goreczny presented the results of her preliminary analyses of collections from the State Road Ripple Site held at Clarion University in a paper titled “Analysis of the State Road Ripple Site (36CL0052).”

The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology was established in 1929 to promote the archaeology of Pennsylvania and has 17 active chapters located across the state. This organization, which includes both avocational and professional archaeologists, publishes the journal Pennsylvania Archaeologist, one of the oldest state archaeology journals in the country.

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