Chiarulli Project Assists PennDot Archaeological Curation

Posted on 9/6/2010 12:16:27 PM

Dr. Beverly Chiarulli has been awarded $140,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to support a long-term project for the curation of archaeological collections. The funds are used to support as many as twenty-five graduate students (M.A. in Applied Archaeology program) and undergraduates (Anthropology-Archaeology track major).

The funding will cover the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 academic years.

The PennDot Curation Project is designed to prepare collections of artifacts recovered from PennDot archaeological investigations generally conducted during the 1980s for permanent storage (curation) at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.

The training the students receive working on the project provides them with experience in curating artifact collections, and prepares them for employment with museums or consulting firms after graduation. During the past seven years, more than 350,000 artifacts have been transferred to the Pennsylvania State Museum.

Department of Anthropology