Robin Van Auken

Robin Van Auken


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

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4239
Campus Post Office Box 169
Personal Website

Communication: Adjunct, Media Writing and Corporate Communication

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 and media writing. She also oversees the college’s summer youth program, Lycoming College for Kids and Teens.

She specializes in public archaeology projects and historic preservation and is the principal investigator for the Glunk Site, 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.

Van Auken has published ten books of regional history. In addition to five years as a museum curator, 20 years as an anthropologist, she has more than 25 years experience in journalism and mass communications.

Her professional memberships include the Register of Professional Archaeologists, American Anthropological Association, Society for Historical Archaeology, Archaeological Conservancy, Archaeological Institute of America, and the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Northcentral Chapter No. 8. Her personal website can be found at

Dig Sites

Van Auken has directed American Archaeology digs locally at Canfield Island, Thomas Lightfoote Inn, Snyder Site, Fisher Site/Muncy Canal and the Glunk Site, uniting Lycoming College with Northcentral Chapter No. 8 of the Society for PA Archeology and local historical museums.