IUP was well represented at this year’s SAA meeting held in Atlanta, Ga., from April 22 to April 26, 2009.
Drs. Sarah Neusius and Beverly Chiarulli organized a poster session entitled “Reconsidering the Monongahela: New Viewpoints on the Archaeology of Western Pennsylvania,” which included six posters from IUP as well as four from other institutions. Eight other IUP faculty members and students participated in other symposia presenting papers and posters.
Drs. Neusius and Chiarulli presented a poster entitled “How Many Components are There? Investigating the Late Prehistoric Occupation of the Johnston Site;” a poster by Archaeological Services Graduate Assistant Sara Fortnam (Geography Department) was entitled “Spatial Distribution and Proximity of Late Woodland Monongahela Settlements Along the Laurel Highlands in Southwestern Pennsylvania.” The undergradute students posters were Justin DeMaio’s “Investigating Loyalhanna Chert Procurement in Late Woodland Monongahela sites,” Matthew Sagi’s “Measuring Human Activity Levels at the Johnston Site,” Ali Littman’s “The Johnston Site Modified Bone Assemblage: New Insights About the Monongahela,” and a poster by Meghan Pace, Jason Pare, and Anthony LeDonne entitled “Geophysical Investigations of Late Prehistoric Monongahela Sites in the Conemaugh-Blacklick Watershed.”
Dr. Francis Allard also organized and chaired a symposium entitled “Charting the Life Histories of Artifacts and Goods in East Asian Prehistory and History” in which he presented a paper entitled “Concepts and Applications in the Study of Life Histories of Objects.”
Other presentations included a poster by Dr. Phillip Neusius entitled “A Tale of Two Lithic Collections: Arthur Parker and the Ripley Site,” a paper by Drs. Beverly Chiarulli and R. Scott Moore (History Department) entitled “Virtual Archaeology: Public Archaeology in Second Life,” a paper by undergraduate Jessica Freas “3D Scanning using the NextEngine Generations for Artifact Analysis and Public Education,” and a poster by graduate student Germaine McArdle (English Department) and undergraduates Tiara Bey and Justin DeMaio entitled “Applications of Advanced Technology to an Archaeological Survey of Hermosa, New Mexico.”