Anthropology Faculty and Students Present Research, Organize Events, and Compete in Ethics Bowl at Society for American Archaeology Conference

Posted on 4/23/2019 8:39:30 AM

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 Interest Group.

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:

  • Kristina Gaugler—Heating Stones: An Experimental and Ethnographic Analysis of Fire Cracked Rock at Two Monongahela Sites in Southwestern PA
  • Charles Edwards—Food and Cooking at Dust Cave: An Experimental and Microarchaeological Approach
  • Jessie Hoover—Beneath the Surface: A Ground-Penetrating Radar Study at the Mary Rinn Site (36IN29)
  • Andrew Malhotra—Alliance Formation and Social Signaling: Village Interaction Among the Monongahela
  • Christopher Thompson—Refining the Projectile Point Chronology of Western Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Bomberger—Seneca Pigeon Hunting on the Allegheny National Forest
  • Steven Campbell—Integrating Public Archaeology and Technology to Convey the History of the Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church and Its Community
  • Janee Becker, with Lara Noldner and Brennan Dolan—Cultural Resource Protection in Iowa Using Hand-Held LiDAR Technology

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 Kimberly Maeyama.

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).