IUP Archaeologists Help With Archaeology Display at Pennsylvania Farm Show

Posted on 1/13/2016 1:17:44 PM

IUP faculty members Sarah and Phil Neusius and Applied Archaeology graduate students Katherine Thorwart and Emily Masters assisted the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's State Museum Archaeology Section with their annual booth at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on Monday, January 11, 2016. This booth provides an opportunity for archaeologists to talk with a wide variety of Pennsylvanians about the rich archaeological past of the Commonwealth.

Emily Masters demonstrating corn grinding to Farm Show visitors This year’s topic, “Foragers to Farmers: The Development of Agriculture in Pennsylvania,” highlighted the changes past Pennsylvanians made as they began to grow their own crops thousands of years ago. 

Photo: IUP student Emily Masters demonstrating corn grinding to Farm Show visitors

The booth also provided information on preserving sites and artifacts, on what can be seen in the Pennsylvania State Museum, and on membership in the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, an organization of avocational and professional archaeologists that promotes archaeology within the state.

On display was a replica of a dugout canoe that younger visitors enjoyed climbing into, and this year visitors could also hand-grind corn as Pennsylvanians did for millennia.

Department of Anthropology