Archaeologists Make Splash at Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

Posted on 4/10/2019 12:24:05 PM

Fourteen current and former IUP Applied Archaeology students presented, attended, and received scholarship awards at the 90th annual Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology meeting in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, April 5–7, 2019.

Applied Archaeology graduate student Kristina Gaugler received both the 2019 W. Fred Kinsey Scholarship and a James W. Hatch Scholarship for her talk titled “Standardizing Fire-Cracked Rock Analysis: A Case Study in Southwestern Pennsylvania.” The Kinsey award comes with a $150 award, a year-long SPA membership and a publication in the journal Pennsylvania Archaeologist.

Applied Archaeology graduate student Andrew Malhotra also won a Hatch scholarship. He took first place in the student poster competition for his poster titled “Alliance Formation and Social Signaling: Village Interaction Among the Monongahela.”

Several current students and recent alumni were invited to participate in a thematic session “In Penn’s Woods: The Archaeology of Pennsylvania’s Parks, Forests, and Trails” organized by PennDOT archaeologist Joe Baker. These papers included:

  • Steven Campbell: “Combining Old and New: Applications of 3D Scanning in Cultural Resource Management.”
  • Zaakiyah Cua: “Challenges in Resource Management: Case Studies from the Allegheny National Forest.”
  • Genevieve Everett: “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad: The Archaeology of an Early 20th Century Section House, York County, PA.” (with Joe Baker)
  • Ross Owen: “Scratching the Surface: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the South Mountain Metarhyolite Quarries.”
  • Hannah Harvey (’17): “Ridley Creek State Park: A Cultural Resources Treasure Trove.” (with Noel Stratton)
  • Angela Jaillet-Wentling (’11): “Evolving Public Perceptions of Park Space: PennDOT Archaeological Investigations of Ohiopyle State Park.”
  • Katherine Peresolak (’18) and Amanda Rassmusen (‘16): “Partnerships and Preservation: Morphing Graduate Research into Student Outreach.”

Additional IUP students presenting include Britney Elsbury-Orris, Christopher Thompson, Angela Rooker, and Kevin Gubbels (’16). Alumni Susanne Haney (’11) presented a talk at the Friday PAC Symposium: “So What’s the Big Deal About Little Sites…and How Does One Find These Things?”  

Faculty members presenting research include Ben Ford, William Chadwick, Lara Homsey-Messer, and Sarah Neusius (emeritus).

IUP applied archaeology students, faculty and alumni at 2019 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Conference

Photo: IUP Applied Archaeology students, faculty and alumni at 2019 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Conference.

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