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Archaeology News


Lycoming students intern with the Smithsonian Institution through new institutional partnership

As part of a newly-developed institutional partnership, three Lycoming students began their summers with an internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Katie de Melo ’19 (Tiverton, R.I.), Jazmin Jones ’20 (Gloversville, N.Y.), and Xiyue Yang ’20 (Beijing) each lived in Washington, D.C., and interned in various Smithsonian offices and museums from May 14-June 8.

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Lycoming College and Williamsport Area Middle School collaborate on Delaware Museum of Natural History exhibit

Lycoming College’s archaeology program took faculty-student collaboration to the next level to create tangible elements for a travel exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion exhibit includes multiple 3D hieroglyphic models created with the help of technology housed at Williamsport Area Middle School (WAMS) and data collected by the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project.

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Lycoming students study abroad at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute

Six students from Lycoming College spent their spring semester at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), participating in a study abroad program titled, “The Afterlife of Artifacts.” The four-course curriculum offered students the chance to engage in an intensive museum internship, a research and museum visit experience, and hands-on lab courses that dealt with artifacts excavated by the Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion.

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Lycoming College faculty member receives award from the Archaeological Institute of America

Jessica Munson, assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology at Lycoming College, received the 2018 Best Poster Award from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) at their annual meeting held Jan. 4-7, in Boston. Each year, the AIA presents awards to archaeologists, authors, educators and others whose work has positively affected the field of archaeology. The awards recognize the excellence of individuals and groups engaged in the pursuit of knowledge through archaeology or other related disciplines.

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Aztecs and Conquistadors; Lycoming College hosts lecture to explore Colonial encounters in Latin America

Lycoming College will host Matthew Restall, Ph.D., for a special lecture entitled, “Why Everything You Thought You Knew About the Aztecs and the Conquistadors Is Wrong,” on Feb. 19th at 7:30 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets. The event is free and open to the public.

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Major archaeology grant spurs Lycoming College's forays into Mesoamerica

The Archaeological Institute of America awarded Jessica Munson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Latin American archaeology, a $25,000 grant to conduct excavations at Altar de Sacrificios, a site located in the southern Maya lowlands of Guatemala. The AIA is the oldest and largest archaeology society in the United States and gives one Cotsen Excavation Grant every year to a first-time project director.

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Maya expert to present new findings about the first settlers of highland Guatemala

Barbara Arroyo, Ph.D., will discuss the results of recent archaeological excavations in highland Guatemala in a presentation at Lycoming College on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets in Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College wins grant to digitally preserve and publicly share irreplaceable archaeological information

Thousands of photos, maps and data gleaned from Lycoming College’s Idalion archaeology site in the Republic of Cyprus will be made publicly available over the next several months because of the generous support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The foundation has awarded the College a $10,000 grant to offset costs of digital publication and the time required to input the data, currently existing only in limited hardcopy form.

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Devil's Den provides Lycoming College students with window into prehistoric river

Lycoming College archaeology students got a rare view into a prehistoric cave structure created by an underground river while diving at Devil’s Den in Florida. The famous diving spot is a karst window, where a portion of a roof over a subterranean river collapses allowing people to see the water below. The trip to Florida over spring break was part of semester-long nautical archaeology class.

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AT&T contributes $25,000 to Lycoming College for summer college-preparation program

High-performing students from traditionally underserved communities will have the opportunity in July to prepare for a college education through a specially-designed program supported by a $25,000 contribution from AT&T.

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Lycoming College, Muncy Historical Society, Northcentral Chapter 8 unite to offer one-of-a-kind archaeology experience to area youth

Children of all ages will enjoy learning about archaeology from Lycoming College students who are offering a hands-on program on April 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, 601 Pepper St.

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Visiting Egyptologist to speak at Lycoming College April 13 and 14

Meghan Strong ’07, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, will offer two public lectures on Egypt next week in the Heim Science building, Room G-11, on Mulberry Street. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Lycoming welcomes fifteen new faculty members

Lycoming College welcomed fifteen new full-time faculty members at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

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College receives generous gift for archaeology program

Lycoming College has received a generous gift to establish The William G. Dever Endowed Fund in Archaeology. The donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, established the fund in recognition of Dever and his extraordinary contributions to the field of archaeology. Dever is currently a distinguished visiting professor of archaeology at Lycoming College.

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Dr. Kristine Trego to speak about underwater archaeology Oct. 28

Lycoming College will host archaeologist, Dr. Kristine Trego, for a lecture titled “Underwater Archaeology in Turkey” on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Lycoming College Academic Center, room C-303. This event is free and open to the public.

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