Seven current and
former IUP anthropologists presented research at the annual Conference on
Historical and Underwater Archaeology, held in New Orleans (January 3–6, 2018).
Archaeology MA program student Danielle Kiesow presented her thesis research in the paper ‘“This is the Way Things are Run: Land Use on the Grand Portage
Reservation During Office of Indian Affairs Occupation, 1854–1930.” Dani is
also currently working for the Grand Portage National Monument where this
research was conducted.
Hannah Harvey presented her recently completed thesis
research on “The South Blairsville Industry Archaeological District: A
Functional and Landscape Analysis.” Hannah was able to leverage the
preservation aspects of her thesis as well as the GIS skills she honed while
completing this research and now works for the Pennsylvania State Historic
student Ashley McCuiston presented work that she is doing for her employer, the
Fairfield Foundation, in a paper titled “It’s the Pits: Analysis of Civil War
Camp Features at Gloucester Point Virginia.”
We were also thrilled
to see former students continuing on with archaeological research. Alumni of
the Applied Archaeology program, Amanda Rasmussen and Kate Peresolak, presented
a poster titled “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: New Technology for Heritage
Mike Whitehead delivered the talk “Reconstructing the French
Assault on Fort Necessity using Metal Detection.” This paper, co-authored with
Ben Ford, was based on three years of National Park Service funded research at
Fort Necessity National Battlefield. IUP identified the French firing positions from the July 3, 1754, attack on George Washington’s fort. These are
previously unrecorded portions of the site and have both confirmed and
challenged interpretations of how the attack unfolded. These findings have
allowed a better understanding of how the French advanced on the fort and how
they used the natural landscape in their attack, and will result in new public
interpretations at the park.
Ford also presented a paper and sat on a panel. The panel, “Underwater
Archaeology Skills, Training, and Opportunities in U.S. Colleges: Revisiting
the 2017 ACUA University Faculty Member
Benchmarking Survey,” was organized by the Advisory Council on Underwater
Archaeology to discuss what skills should be taught in graduate programs.
His paper “Reflections in the Hermitage Spring, or How a Summer in Tennessee
Drove Me Underwater” was part of an invited session discussing the legacy
of archaeology at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee. It provided an opportunity to
reflect on how his own formative experiences in historical archaeology shaped
his current career.