Ben Ford and William Chadwick presented papers at the 53rd
annual conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology held in Boston,
January 8–11, 2020. Several alumni of the Anthropology Department and the Applied
Archaeology MA Program also presented at the conference.
The Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology is
hosted by the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Advisory Council on
Underwater Archaeology. This is the major annual meeting for these
organizations and attracted approximately 1,400 participants this year.
Chadwick presented on his recent work utilizing terrestrial
geophysical technologies to identify shipwrecks by deploying the technologies
on frozen lake surfaces. This is ongoing research, but this particular presentation
focused on identifying French and Indian War era shipwrecks in Lake Champlain.
The research was conducted in partnership with Texas A&M University and the
Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Chadwick’s research was followed by diver
investigations to verify the shipwrecks.
Ford presented on his continuing work with Hanna’s Town
artifact collection. These artifacts are associated with the National Register
of Historic Places listed site of the first British county seat west of the
Allegheny Mountains. However, due to four decades of excavation by different archaeologists,
the collection is challenging to work with. Students have employed different
methods to analyze the collection for both senior and MA theses, and Ford’s
paper summarized their efforts as well as ongoing analysis of the collection.
The conference was also attended by several alumni employed
in archaeology, including Ashley McCuistion (Fairfield Foundation), Casey
Campetti (AECOM), Cher Gilligan (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum), Anthony
Gilchrist, Angela Jaillet-Wentling (PennDOT), and Danielle Kiesow (AECOM).
Photo: Cher Gilligan presenting at 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology