Anthropology Students and Faculty a Strong Presence at Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting

Posted on 4/19/2018 4:18:10 PM

Thirteen IUP Anthropology faculty and students presented 14 papers and posters at the 83rd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Topics ranged from China to Lake Erie and from geophysics to collaborating with federal agencies. The IUP Ethics Bowl Team also competed.

The Society for American Archaeology meetings are the premier archaeological conference for American and Americanist archaeologists. This year’s conference included 4,500 attendees. IUP was well represented in among the attendees, with many current students and alumni attending in addition to the current students and faculty giving presentations.

The IUP Archaeological Ethics Bowl Team competed in the annual Ethics Bowl, losing in the second round to Cornell University. The Ethics Bowl Team included Matt Bjorkman, Ross Owen, Andrew Malhotra, and Heather MacIsaac. The IUP Applied Archaeology Program also hosted a booth at the CRM Expo.

Several students, faculty, and alumni participated in an invited symposium titled “Government, Universities, and Heritage Stewardship: A Student and Young Professional Symposium." Presentations in this session included:

  • Zaakiyah Cua
    “Loyalhanna Lake: A Geoarchaeological Approach to Understanding the Archaeological Potential of Floodplains”
  • Genevieve Everett
    “From Field School to Graduate School: How One Public Archaeology Program Has Made It All Possible”
  • Ross Owen
    “PennDOT Highway Archaeological Survey Team: Providing Immersive CRM Work Experience to Students”
  • Christopher Swisher and Jonathan Burns (Juniata College) 
    “Investigations at the James Hatch Site and the Houserville Archaeological National Register District, Centre County, Pennsylvania: The Benefits of Collaboration between Institutes of Higher Learning and Government Agencies”
  • Whitehead, Mike, Matt Bjorkman and Ben Ford 
    “Recent Archaeology at Fort Necessity National Battlefield: A Cooperative Approach to Cultural Resource Management”

Session participants
Photo: Participants in “Government, Universities, and Heritage Stewardship: A Student and Young Professional Symposium”

Posters presented at the conference included:

  • Harley Burgis and Lara Homsey-Messer
    “Using Microartifacts to Investigate Prehistoric Cooking Methods at the Archaeological Site of Dust Cave”
  • Angela Jaillet-Wentling, (PENNDOT) and Samantha Taylor  
    “Building a Public Archaeology Effort Finding the Best Foundation Somewhere between Bedrock and Shifting Sands: Public Archaeology Efforts at Pandenarium (36ME253)”
  • Mesfer Alqahtani
    “GIS Investigations on Stone-Circle Structures in the North of Saudi Arabia”
  • Britney Elsbury-Orris
    “A Faunal Analysis of the Kirshner Site (36WM213)”

The following papers were presented by IUP students and faculty:

  • Francis Allard
    “Centering the Periphery: The Case of Southeast China during the Early Imperial Period”
  • Bill Chadwick
    “Geophysical Survey as an Exercise in Applied Archaeological Education”
  • Ben Ford 
    “Public Engagement through Maritime Landscapes”
  • George Schwarz (Naval History and Heritage Command) and Ben Ford 
    “Rebirth of the Schooner Royal Savage: Documenting and Interpreting Disarticulated Ship Remains from the American Revolutionary War”
  • Samantha Taylor 
    “Looking Through Dirty Dishes: The Preliminary Results of a Ceramic Analysis at Pandenarium (36ME253)”

Department of Anthropology