Archaeology faculty members Sarah Neusius, Beverly Chiarulli (former director of IUP Archaeological Services), and Phillip Neusius presented a paper at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, held in Bethlehem, Pa. April 10–12, 2015. Sarah Neusius also completed a two-year term as president of the SPA at this meeting.
Neusius, Chiarulli, and Neusius reported on the summer 2014 excavations conducted at the Johnston site by the 2014 IUP ARchaeological Field Schools, which they co-led. Their paper, titled “Documenting the Late Prehistoric in West Central Pennsylvania: Further Study of the Johnston Site (36IN2),” described their latest findings about this important Late Prehistoric village that dates between AD 1000 and 1600. The paper also presented some comparative analyses being conducted on the Johnston site lithics by Chiarulli in her retirement.
This research is part of the IUP Late Prehistoric Project, a long-term investigation of late Prehistoric villages in our area that has been underway since 2000.
Photo: Sarah Neusius with IUP students Samantha Conklin and Katherine Thorwart at 86th annual meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology
Sarah Neusius was the first vice president of the SPA from spring 2011 to spring 2013, when she became president of this joint avocational and professional organization. IUP MA in Applied Archaeology alumnus Jonathan Libbon became the first vice president this year—he will lead the organization beginning in 2017.
The SPA is one of the oldest state archaeological societies, having been founded in 1929, and it has been publishing its journal, Pennsylvania Archaeologist, for 85 years.
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