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Archaeology News

Archaeology professor secures grant to conduct interdisciplinary research in Mesoamerica

Jessica Munson, Ph.D., assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology, has been awarded a $14,000 H. and T. King Grant by the Society for American Archaeology. The grant will fund geoarchaeological research in support of Munson’s ongoing excavation at Altar de Sacrificios, a Maya site located along the Mexico-Guatemala border.

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National Science Foundation awards $237,925 to Lycoming College professor

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a senior research grant for $237,925 to Lycoming College faculty member, Jessica Munson, Ph.D., assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology, for work on her study, “Long-Term Impacts of Institutionalized Inequality on Household Wealth and Well-Being.” The NSF grant will provide the means for Munson and her team of international researchers and students to conduct a large-scale excavation project at the ancient Maya site of Altar de Sacrificios, a site located in the southern Maya lowlands of Guatemala.

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Fulbright award winners from Lycoming College tackle global teaching assignments

Lycoming College today added two recent graduates to its list of Fulbright award winners. Recently named among the 2019-20 class of prestigious Fulbright scholars, the two will travel to opposite ends of the globe to pursue teaching endeavors, to enrich their understanding of different cultures, and to share American culture with their students.

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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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