Congratulations to Kate Peresolak, MA, RPA, who published an article in Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. Kate is an Archaeologist II, Field Director in our Harrisburg office.
The article is about a historic property and archaeological site in Southwestern Pennsylvania on State-owned land. The Carroll Cabin (the historic name Kate chose for the historic resource given the long occupation by the Carroll family and heirs) was the subject of her thesis research, and the article is a very approachable description/summary of both her thesis research and fieldwork as well as more information about the family heirs and their memories and connection to the home and land.
Public archaeology was how Kate got her start in the field, so it is very important to her. This article was something she intended to write for a while but finally followed through with after a push from a mentor. The magazine’s audience is broader than the audience who would likely access Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s thesis library and read her thesis, so this was a great way to disseminate archaeological research to a crowd of heritage-minded non-archaeologists.
Kate initially approached the Pennsylvania Heritage magazine editor last spring with an idea for an article and what it would include. Once an agreement to receive and review her proposed article was made, she had a few months to write. After she had the article draft written, she went through a few editing sessions with one of her mentors to polish her writing and make sure it was as reader friendly as possible.
That process happened last summer/fall, and she submitted her article to the Pennsylvania Heritage magazine editor late last year with his official approval and acceptance of the piece. This is Kate’s first publication, as most of her public outreach has been via conference presentations and posters; however, she really enjoyed sharing her research in the article and was so excited to see it in print late last week. Kate is looking forward to the opportunity to write and publish more articles in the future!
The Archaeology Group is currently in week five of fieldwork for the season. Once fieldwork in Westmoreland County is complete, Kate will begin to direct additional fieldwork for the LVTIP S.R. 981-Q20 project, also in Westmoreland County.