Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) is a teaching, traditional research, and applied research working group composed of staff members from the Anthropology/Archaeology, Applied Forensic Sciences, and Geology departments at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Continue reading and learn more.
Sep 12, 2014
The Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) adds another layer of expertise to its excavation of Florida’s Old Vero Man site with the addition of a new research partner: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University. The partnership becomes official on Wednesday, Sept. 17, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among Mercyhurst University, HBOI and the Old Vero Man Ice Age Sites Committee (OVIASC), a citizens group that has overseen what is widely regarded as one of the most important Ice Age sites in North America.
Sep 09, 2014
Skeletal remains were found Saturday in a wooded area of the Coaldale borough by a father and his children picking mushrooms.
Sep 09, 2014
Twenty years have passed, and they each still remember details from the gruesome scene as if it were yesterday. Three Mercyhurst University archaeologists spent some of Monday recollecting the Sept. 8, 1994, crash of USAir Flight 427 near Pittsburgh that killed all 132 people on board.
Sep 05, 2014
Archaeologists at Mercyhurst University have what they believe is an 800-year-old piece of fabric buried in 600 pounds of dirt. The fabric was found in early August on private land near Sugar Creek, which runs beside Cooperstown in Venango County. On Thursday, a 34-inch diameter chunk of dirt embedded with the fabric was delivered to a lab at Mercyhurst's Zurn Hall.
Aug 11, 2014
Nearly one billion people today call the Americas home, inhabiting territories that stretch from the wide expanses of Canada and the United States, down through Mexico and Central America, and south through the varied landscapes of South America to Chile—from sparsely populated regions to some of the most crowded cities on the planet. And yet, as recently as 16,000 years ago, there may not have been anyone in these lands at all. Who were the earliest Americans, and how and when did they get here? These are questions that have long fascinated archaeologists and the public alike. As with all scientific endeavors, uncovering the story of how and when people arrived in the Americas will require an accumulation of evidence and data, and will long continue to be subject to revision. Here, then, is where the research has led so far: