Archaeology faculty and students had a strong showing at the recent joint meeting of the Pennsylvania Archaeology Council/Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, April 7–10, 2017. Five graduate students presented oral presentations or posters, five undergraduates presented posters, three faculty presented papers, and three students won scholarships.
Graduate students Zaakiyah Cua, Britney Elsbury-Orris, and Katherine Thorwart presented a talk titled "Distributions Analysis of a Sample of Faunal Remains from the Johnston Site." Ashley McCuistion presented her thesis research "The Architecture of Destruction: Archaeology, Preservation, and Education at the DuPont Powder Mill in Fayetter County." Graduate student Matthew Bjorkman, along with undergraduates Eleanor Schultz and Mason Luster (IUP Geosciences), presented a poster titled "Particle Size Analysis of Soils from the Squirrel Hill Site." Undergraduates Eden VanTries ("Historic Hanna's Town's: Prehistory?"), Amanda Telep ("Geophysical Survey at the Mary Rinn site"), and Kelsey Schneehagen ("18th Century Western Pennsylvania Settlement Patterns: An Analysis") also presented posters.
Faculty participation included presentations by William Chadwick, who presented a talk titled "The Results of Geophysical Survey at the Ten Commandments, a Worker Housing Complex in Blairsville, PA: an Exercise in Applied Archaeology Education;" Lara Homsey-Messer and William Chadwick, who presented the paper "Preliminary Results of the 2016 Field Season at the Squirrel Hill Site;" and Ben Ford, who presented a talk titled "Pennsylvania Archaeological Shipwreck and Survey Team—a New Professional/Avocational Maritime Archaeology Organization" in a special session on Public Outreach.
Graduate students Zaakiyah Cua and Christopher Swisher both won Hatch scholarships worth $100 each, as did undergraduate Eden VanTries. Undergraduate Amanda Telep also put in a strong showing during the "Primitive Games," winning first place in the Hammerstone Roll.
Finally, Applied Archaeology MA Program alumnus Jonathan Libbon became president of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, while alumnus Lisa Dugas was re-elected secretary of the Pennsylvania Archaeology Council and retired IUP Anthropology professor Beverley Chiarulli was re-elected president of PAC.