Cynthia R. VanAuken

Cynthia  R. VanAuken


B.A., University of South Florida
M.A., University of South Florida

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4239
Personal Website

Communication: Adjunct Faculty

Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East: Adjunct Faculty

Van Auken is an archaeologist and author. She has a bachelor's and a master's degree in Anthropology, and an associate's degree in Mass Communications. At Lycoming, she has taught classes in American archaeology, news writing, graphic communications, and feature writing.

She is the principal investigator for the Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, a multi-year project that serves as a site for archaeology field schools, as well as independent research projects for students in many fields of study. She specializes in public archaeology projects and historic preservation.

Van Auken has published ten books of regional history. In addition to five years as a museum curator, 15 years as an anthropologist, she has more than 20 years experience in journalism and mass communications.

Her professional memberships include the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society for Historical Archaeology and the Society for PA Archaeology, Northcentral Chapter/PA Archaeology. Her personal website can be found at

Dig Sites:
Van Auken has directed May Term digs locally at Canfield Island, Thomas Lightfoote Inn, the Snyder Site, and the Muncy Canal with the local chapter of the Society for PA Archeology and the local Historical Museums.