In early January 2017, Ben Ford and Mike Whitehead presented two papers at the 50th annual conference in Historical and Underwater Archaeology held in Ft. Worth, Texas. Ford discussed the Pennsylvania Archaeology Shipwreck Survey Team, and Whitehead (with Ford) presented recent research from Fort Necessity National Battlefield.
The Pennsylvania Archaeology Shipwreck Survey Team is a volunteer organization that brings professionals and amateurs together to study and promote the appreciation of shipwrecks and submerged cultural resources within in Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie waters. The group includes representatives of the Regional Science Consortium, PA SeaGrant, DEP, DCNR, and PHMC, as well as local historians and divers. Ford is a founding member and director. The recent presentation was designed to introduce PASST, which was founded in 2013, to the professional archaeological community, garner support for future PASST initiatives, and solicit feedback on current initiatives.
IUP Anthropology has also been actively investigating Ft. Necessity since 2014 through a National Park Service and Cooperative Ecosystem Study System grant. Through a combination of geophysics, metal detecting, and archaeological excavation, student teams led by White and Ford have identified one of the French firing positions as well as intact 18th-century features that relate to the fort. The teams also identified various impacts to the site from its history as a farm field and public park. IUP will conduct additional research at the site during the summer of 2017.
Department of Anthropology