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Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program

The Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program is the first program in the country to provide undergraduate and graduate students training in how to conduct archaeological research and run public archaeology-themed events on a university campus. The program was formed in 2005 by Dr. Lynne Goldstein, an emeritus Professor of Anthropology, who wanted to celebrate MSU’s sesquicentennial by excavating Saints’ Rest, the first student dormitory on campus. Dr. Goldstein also successfully advocated for Campus Archaeology to be involved in any construction projects taking place on campus in order to protect and preserve any archaeological data at MSU, which has resulted in archaeology students being involved in nearly 15 years of construction.

Since then, the Campus Archaeology Program has trained hundreds of students in archaeological methodologies and research. Undergraduate students are enrolled in an archaeological field methods course every other summer that involves excavating and researching an historic place on MSU’s campus. One barrier to undergraduate student involvement in the field methods course is the cost of tuition (six credits) and archaeology equipment. We are raising funds to support one undergraduate field methods student’s tuition and archaeology equipment for the 2021 field methods course.

Give to the MSU Campus Archaeology Program and Fund an Undergraduate Student Archaeology Field Methods Scholarship

A hands-on archaeology field methods course – what archaeologists call an “archaeology field school” – is absolutely essential to a student’s post-graduation success in archaeology. Archaeology field methods courses are a requirement for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in archaeology and anthropology. Students who have graduated from college desiring to work as a professional archaeologist also must have an archaeology field methods course on their university transcript.

Who We Are

Dr. Stacey L. Camp is the Director of the MSU Campus Archaeology Program and an Associate Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and has conducted archaeological research in Ireland, China, and North America. She is passionate about the Campus Archaeology Program because it provides undergraduate and graduate students archaeological training that is affordable and accessible – students learn how to do archaeology without leaving campus!

Autumn Painter has served as the Campus Archaeologist since 2016 and oversees construction projects, social media accounts, and our graduate students and undergraduate interns. She is an advanced Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. As a Michigander and an undergraduate alumni of MSU, she is passionate about sharing MSU’s history with the public. She has worked for Campus Archaeology as a graduate student since 2016. Her dissertation research focuses on prehistoric foodways and social interaction through the analysis of animal bones in the Midwestern United States. 

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