Curriculum Vitae

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Ashley McCuistion
a.s.mccuistion@iup.edu

Education:

2016 MA in Applied Archaeology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (In Progress)
2014 BS in Anthropology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests:

Historical Archaeology, Contact Period, Industrial Archaeology, Conflict Archaeology, Colonization and Migration, Spatial Analysis, Small Finds, Public Archaeology, Education, Historic Preservation, Digital Curation

Experience:

2015 Historical Archaeology Research Assistant
Department of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Director: Benjamin Ford, Ph.D., RPA
Duration: August 2014 to Present
Responsible for identifying and processing historic period artifacts, expanding the material culture type collection, supervising undergraduate volunteers, and processing data from Historic Hanna’s Town, an 18th Century village and fort site.

2015 Field Technician
IUP Archaeological Services
Director: William Chadwick, Ph.D., RPA
Duration: September to Present
Excavated shovel test pits in Phase I excavation on a floodplain Indiana County, Pennsylvania that yielded prehistoric artifacts.  Also responsible for processing artifacts and contributing to the final report.

2015 Field School Supervisor
Department of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Director: Benjamin Ford, Ph.D., RPA
Duration: July to August
Responsible for supervising and instructing students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in an archaeological field school conducted at Historic Hanna’s Town.

2014 Digital Curation Supervisor
Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University
Director: Bernard K. Means, Ph.D., RPA
Duration: August 2013 to May 2014
Responsible for handling artifacts and scanning them using a NextEngine 3D Scanner. Tasks included creating a digital typology of projectile points and developing an Access database for cataloging artifacts. Also responsible for instructing and supervising student interns and volunteers.

2013 Excavation Intern and Field School Supervisor
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Fredericksburg, VA
Director: Laura Galke, M.A.
Duration: May to August
Field excavation seeking 18th century features related to the Washington family, as well as evidence of landscape use in the yard behind the Washington home. Also responsible for instructing and supervising field school students from Virginia Commonwealth University.

2013 Digital Curator and Multimedia Coordinator
Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University
Director: Bernard K. Means, Ph.D., RPA
Duration: August 2012 to May 2013
Scanned artifacts using a NextEngine 3D Scanner and processed them to create three-dimensional models and printed replicas. Also prepared instructional materials for Department of Defense Legacy Project report and maintained the website for the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

2012 Field School Student and Volunteer
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Fredericksburg, VA
Director: Laura Galke, M.A.
Duration: May to August
Learned field techniques during excavation seeking 18th century features related to the Washington family.

Publications:

2015 McCuistion, Ashley. Beneath Washington’s Feet: A Study and Analysis of Prehistory at Ferry Farm. Quarterly Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Virginia 70(1): 11-30.

2014 McCuistion, Ashley. One Million Years of Technology: Lithic Analysis and 3D Scanning in the 21st Century. Quarterly Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Virginia 69(1): 47-56.

2013 McCuistion, Ashley. Promoting the Past: The Educational Applications of 3D Scanning Technology in Archaeology. Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology 29: 35-42.

2013 Means, Bernard K., Ashley McCuistion, and Courtney Bowles. Virtual Artifact Curation of the Historic Past and the NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner. Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology 7: 1-12.

2013 McCuistion, Ashley. I Love Archaeology Because… The SAA Archaeological Record 13(3): 31.

2013 McCuistion, Ashley, Courtney Bowles, Bernard K. Means, and Clinton King.
Protocols for Three-Dimensional Digital Data Collection from Artifacts Using theNextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner. Prepared for the Department of Defense,Legacy Resource Management Program, Legacy Project No. 11-334. Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

2013 Means, Bernard K., Courtney Bowles, Ashley McCuistion, and Clinton King.
Virtual Artifact Curation: Three-Dimensional Digital Data Collection for Artifact
Analysis and Interpretation. Report to Department of Defense, Legacy Resource Management Program, Legacy Project No. 11-334. Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

Papers and Presentations:

2015 Hanna’s Town: A Colonial Military Site in Western Pennsylvania. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. July 10.

2014 From the Fields of Ferry Farm. Poster presented at the 1st Annual School of World Studies Senior Research Symposium and Exposition, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, Virginia. April 25.

2013 Rock of Ages: Lithic Analysis in the Virtual Curation Laboratory. Paper presented at the 19th Annual World Studies Student Research Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, Virginia. November 15.

2013 Evolution and Science in Public Education: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Group presentation at the 19th Annual World Studies Research Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, Virginia. November 14.

2013 One Million Years of Technology: Lithic Analysis and 3D Scanning in the 21st Century. Paper presented at the Archaeological Society of Virginia Meeting. Virginia Beach, Virginia. October 25.

2013 From Paper Museums to Laser Movies: Archaeological Visualization, 3D Technology, and Education. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, Virginia. April 24.

2013 Promoting the Past: The Educational Applications of 3D Scanning Technology in Archaeology. Paper presented at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference. Virginia Beach, Virginia. March 9.
Lectures and Public Outreach:

2014 Historical Archaeology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Presentation on Historical Archaeology at a public archaeology event for Pennsylvania Archaeology Month. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania. October 18.

2013 Blast with the Past Archaeology Festival. Organized and participated in a public archaeology event for Virginia Archaeology Month, hosted by the Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. October 23.

2013 Virtual Archaeology through Digital Models and Printed Replicas. Demonstration of 3D scanning and printing of archaeological material to two history classes taught by James Triesler. Clover Hill High School, Midlothian, Virginia. October 7.

2013 The Virtual Curation Laboratory at Archaeology in the Community’s Day of Archaeology. Demonstration of 3D technology and archaeology with Dr. Bernard K. Means and Mariana Zechini. Turkey Thicket Park, Washington, D.C. July 27.

2013 What’s the Point: Identification and Analysis of Prehistoric Projectile Points. Assisted in preparation and presentation of lesson for Archaeological Methods and Research Design, taught by Dr. Bernard K. Means, professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. April 9.

2013 3D Technology and Ferry Farm: 10,000 Years of History. Demonstration to Honors
US History and Historical Research and Technology, taught by Emmett Hickam and James Triesler, respectively. Clover Hill High School, Midlothian, Virginia. February 15.

2013 Small Finds Workgroup on Smoking Pipes. Presented 3D scans and showed plastic replicas of smoking pipes to participants. Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, Virginia. January 23.

2012 Small Finds Workgroup on Fashion Accessories. Presented 3D scanning technology to workgroup participants. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia. November 14.

Grants, Honors, and Awards:

2014 Second Place Winner for Best Student Poster Presentation at the 1st Annual School of World Studies Senior Research Symposium and Exposition, April.

2014 Leadership Award for Community Outreach in Service to the Anthropology Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, March.

2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Travel Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, to attend and present at the Archaeological Society of Virginia Annual Meeting, October.

2013 Winner of the Undergraduate Student Paper Contest at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, March.

2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Travel Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, to attend and present at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, March.

 

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