October 27, 2016
The Applied Anthropology Laboratories Welcomes New Staff Archaeologist Matthew Purtill 

The AAL has some very exciting news! We have completed our search for our new Archaeologist II position. We will be welcoming Matthew Purtill to the AAL staff starting in January. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Matt!

Mr. Purtill brings nearly 20 years of cultural resource management (CRM) experience in prehistoric and historical archaeological projects across the Southeast and Midwest. He specializes in applying geoarchaeological approaches to the study of ancient landforms, soils and sediments, archaeological sites, and cultural material. He employs various field and laboratory techniques common in the Earth sciences such as soil geomorphology, micromorphology, geochemistry, and GIS approaches to modeling and spatial analysis. He has authored, or co-authored, over 100 CRM technical reports, various peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters, and authored/edited a published monograph highlighting the results of a large CRM project in southern Ohio. Mr. Purtill has earned two M.A. degrees (Anthropology and Geography) from the University of Cincinnati and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Geography at West Virginia University.

We are very excited to get the chance to work with Matt, and looking forward to the new opportunities for students and interdisciplinary collaboration that he brings with him.

July 1, 2016
The Applied Anthropology Laboratories is Awarded Two Historic Preservation Fund Grants from the State of Indiana

Ball State University's Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL) was awarded two grants from the State of Indiana's Historic Preservation Fund (HPF).

The HPF grants are annual grants awarded to strengthen and preserve Indiana's history. A total of ten projects were funded totaling $375,293 in federal funds allotted by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. They will be matched by $360,718 in local and private funds, for a total investment of $736,011. Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $18 million to Indiana communities through the program.

The projects are:
Benton County: Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology received a $49,972 grant to conduct an archaeological survey of 900 acres in Benton County.
Newton County: Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology received a $49,972 grant to conduct a survey of approximately 900 acres in Newton County. The project is intended to add to the understanding of prehistoric cultures, the Euro-American presence and Native American interaction.

For more information, contact: Chris Keller Thompson, Ball State University, (765) 285-5328.

A full list of awardees can be found on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Website: http://www.in.gov/activecalendar_dnr/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=10290&information_id=22074&type=&syndicate=syndicate