IUP Makes Great Impression at Society of American Archaeology Conference

Posted on 4/12/2016 4:16:49 PM

The IUP Anthropology Department was well-represented at the recent Society for American Archaeology Conference in Orlando, Fla. Five faculty members, two undergraduates, and six graduate students presented 13 different posters and papers.

Sarah Neusius chaired a poster session titled "Methodologies for Integrating Eastern Archaic Faunal Databases Using the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)" that included the posters "Exploring Taphonomic and Contextural Comparability in Eastern Archaic Faunal Datasets" (Bonnie Styles, Mona Colburn, and Sarah Neusius) and "Developing Demographic Proxies for Archaic Faunal Database Integration" (Scott Rivas, grad student). Neusius also presented the invited paper "Faunal Database Preservation and Collaborative Zooarchaeology by the Eastern Archaic Faunal Working Group" (with Bonnie Styles) in the session "New Methods in Zooarchaeology," which was sponsored by the SAA Zooarchaeology Interest Group. All three presentations are related to Neusius’s NSF grant to preserve datasets and integrate research on the role of aquatic resource use by Archaic period (10-3000 BP) in the Interior of the Eastern woodlands of North America.

Francis Allard presented the paper "Out of Sight and Out of Mind? The Non-Funerary Burial of Objects in Early Southeast China." As vice president of the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA), Allard also hosted a gathering for archaeologists of East and Southeast Asia.

Phil Neusius, Ben Ford, Sarah Neusius, and Bill Chadwick co-authored the paper "Partnering for Preservation: IUP's Role as a State University" in the invited session "Public Agencies and Universities: Partnerships for the Past." The IUP paper highlighted the many agency partnerships that the Anthropology Department has been involved in since 1987. The session was organized by Joe Baker of PennDOT, one of our major current partners. Graduate student and Pennsylvania Highway Archaeology Survey Team Supervisor Katherine Peresolack also presented the paper “The PHAST Way: The PennDOT Highway Archaeological Survey Team” in this session.

Ford presented the poster “The Lake Oneida Durham Boat: A Previously Unrecorded Vessel Type.” This research was supported by an IUP Senate Research Committee Small Grant.

Undergraduates Alsyssa Hyziak and Taylor Napoleon presented posters. Napoleon’s poster, co-authored with Ford, Rivas, Hyziak, and Emily Falk, was titled “Beyond Fort Walls: Geophysical and Archaeological Investigation of Fort Haldimand, Carleton Island, New York.” Hyziak's poster was titled "Life on the Conemaugh: Spatial Analysis of Artifact Densities of the Monongahela Tradition at the Johnston Site (36IN2) in Southwestern Pennsylvania."

Graduate students also represented the department well. Jay Taylor, Ashley McCuistion, and Cheryl Frankum presented the posters “Tools of the Trade: An Analysis of Tools at Historic Hanna’s Town,” “Spatial Analysis of the DuPont Powder Mill in Southwestern Pennsylvania,” and “How Non-Destructive is XRF: Testing Sample Preparation Techniques for Redware,” respectively. Casey Campetti presented her recently defended thesis in the paper “High and Dry: A Look at the Relict Nipissing of Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.” The department is very proud of the wide variety of cutting-edge research being conducted by our students (and of their complete adoption of the colon-based, academic title system).

Ford also judged the final round of the 12 annual SAA Ethics Bowl, and the department was represented at the CRM Expo by Neusius and Chadwick.

It was good to see department alumni Bret Giles, Laura Ellyson, Renee Walker,Ryan Clark, Jordan Loucks, Laura Short, and Erica Ausel at the conference.