IUP Anthropology Well-Represented at Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.

Posted on 1/24/2018 11:53:13 AM

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).

Current Applied 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 Preservation Office.

Current graduate 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 Conservation.”

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.

Ben 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.

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