Ten Applied Archaeology MA students and three Anthropology
faculty members presented research and participated in a wide range of events at the
84th annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, held April 10–14,
2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Several IUP Anthropology archaeologists took leadership
roles at the conference. Graduate student Ross Owen moderated a lightning round
session on “Managing Quarried Landscapes—Developing Preservation Priorities and
Best Practices” that was sponsored by SAA Prehistoric Quarries and Early Mines
Francis Allard organized a “Get-together for Archaeologists
of East and Southeast Asia” that was attended by 150 people this year.
Additionally, Andrea Palmiotto joined the Institute for Field Research
Annual Meeting Travel Award Committee this year.
Applied Archaeology MA program students once again competed
in the SAA Ethics Bowl. This year’s team of Janee Becker, Heather Lash, and
Andrew Malhotra prepared for several months under the guidance of Lara
Homsey-Messer and Bill Chadwick to debate the finer points of archaeological
ethics. Chadwick and Applied Archaeology graduate student Zaakiyah Cua also participated
in a forum titled “Agencies and Academia: A How-To Guide to Sustainable Partnerships”
that highlighted some of recent work that IUP Anthropology has done in
partnership with state and federal agencies.
Chadwick also represented the
department at the annual Cultural Resource Management Expo. IUP is one of
the few universities to attend the Expo, which highlights the department’s
unique role in training CRM professionals.
Eight students presented their research as papers and
posters during the meetings, representing the breadth and depth of
archaeological research within the IUP Anthropology Department:
Additionally, Allard authored a paper titled “A
Metallurgical Study of Early Bronzes from Northern Vietnam: Some Thoughts on
Methodology, Local Practices, and Inter-regional Interaction” with Wengcheong
Lam (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Nam Kim (University of Wisconsin–Madison).
Palmiotto presented the research “The Intersection of
Multiple Conflicts: The Excavation of an F-4C Crash Site in the Midst of the
Dien Bien Phu Battlefield” with Dane Magoon, Mark Smith, Allison Campo, and
Sarah Neusius, recently retired from the department but still
active, presented two papers: “Data, Digital Databases, and Teaching Students
Zooarchaeology in the 21st Century” with Tanya Peres (Florida State
University), Bonnie Styles (Illinois State Museum), and Renee Walker
(SUNY–Oneonta); and “Mapping Faunal Data to tDAR Ontologies to Address Data
Comparability and Archaic Period Use of Animals in the Interior Eastern United
States” with Bonnie Styles (director emeritus, Illinois State Museum) and Mona
Colburn (adjunct research associate, Illinois State Museum).