New School Year on a Historic Campus

CAP field school student excavate 

It’s the beginning of a new school year here at Michigan State University. Even though Campus Archaeology has been hard at work all summer, we are excited for the upcoming fall semester. We have a new batch of graduate researchers and undergraduate interns starting up a number of projects to research and interpret prior archaeological work done on campus, and also help find new ways of connecting our work to the community.

Those of you who are new to the university, MSU has a rich archaeological heritage beneath the current campus. MSU was founded in 1855, and the remains of the original campus buildings are still being found. Campus Archaeology not only protects and excavates the historic campus, but we also have a large body of resources for you to learn more about them.

Read our reports about the archaeological work done on campus: Campus Archaeology Research

Learn about the first dormitory on campus: Saints’ Rest: A Story of Student Life at MSU

Check in at historic campus buildings using FourSquare: MSU Campus Archaeology

Take a historic tour of campus through Gowalla, a mobile phone application: Michigan Agricultural College Tour

Check out photos from the summer fieldwork: MSU Campus Archaeologist on Flickr

Watch our videos on our excavations and surveys on YouTube: MSU Campus Archaeologist Channel

Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on what’s going on: @capmsu

Like us on Facebook: @capmsu

We’re looking forward to a new year, and hope that you will become involved with MSU’s history and archaeology.

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