IUP Archaeology Team Competes at Society for 2017 American Archaeology Ethics Bowl

Posted on 4/6/2017 12:57:25 PM

IUP archaeology students Matt Bjorkman, Britney Elsbury-Orris, Danielle Kiesow, Katherine Peresolak, and James Miller competed in this year’s Society for American Archaeology Ethics Bowl, held at the 82nd annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C. on March 30, 2017. These students, as well as alternate Kelsey Schneehagen, have been preparing for this competition under the guidance of coach Lara Homsey-Messer.

2017 Ethics Bowl Team

Photo: 2017 IUP Archaeology Ethics Bowl Team. Left to right: Matt Bjorkman, Kate Peresolak, Britney Elsbury-Orris, Kelsey Schneehagen, Danielle Kiesow, and James Miller

Each year since 2004, student teams have debated cases covering real-world dilemmas in archaeological ethics at the annual meeting of the SAA in order to bring awareness to ethical issues in archaeology.

This year, Matt Bjorkman, graduate student in applied archaeology, served as team captain. Elsbury-Orris, Kiesow, and Peresolak also are graduate students in applied archaeology, while Miller and Schneehagen are senior undergraduates. Sarah and Phil Neusius served as sub-coaches for this competition since Homsey-Messer was unable to attend. Teams are judged on intelligibility, judgment, depth, and focus. IUP competed against Simon Fraser University, losing by only 1 point.

Department of Anthropology