IUP's archaeological excavations at Fort Necessity National Battlefield were recently featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the park.
IUP archaeologists excavating at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Shown in photo, from left to right: Samantha Jacobs, Dr. Ben Ford, and Eden Van Tries. (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
The article, published last week and available through the Post-Gazette website, describes work that IUP faculty and students have conducted over the past two years. Under a contract with the National Park Service, IUP conducted a geophysical survey of the site last year and excavated more than 40 square meters this year. This work is part of a National Park Service plan to return the area around Fort Necessity to its French and Indian War era appearance. IUP's excavations revealed soil layers dating to the time of the original fort and recovered several artifacts that date to George Washington's occupation of the site. In addition to increasing our knowledge about this nationally significant site, this research has provided opportunities for students in the Applied Archaeology MA Program and undergraduates in the Archaeology Track to gain valuable experience while earning a wage. IUP and the National Park Service will host an Advanced Metal Detecting for Archaeologists course at the site later this summer.
The article is part of a Post-Gazette series highlighting Pennsylvania's National Parks. 2016 is the centennial of the National Park System.