Campus Archaeology Program Director


Lynne Goldstein

Dr. Lynne GoldsteinLynne Goldstein is a Professor of Anthropology at MSU, where she has been since 1996, and the creator of the Campus Archaeology Program. She recently completed her term as Chairperson of the Department of Anthropology in 2006 and as the editor of American Antiquity, the journal published by the Society for American Archaeology. Currently, she teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, and serves as the Adjunct Curator of Anthropology at the MSU Museum. Lynne previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and much of her research focuses on Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region, particularly on mortuary analysis. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University in 1976. Visit her anthropology profile here, and follow her on Twitter.

Campus Archaeologist

Lisa Bright

Lisa Bright

Me Excavating at VMC Historic Cemetery. Image Source: Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group

Lisa attended MSU for undergrad from 2003-2007. She was an anthropology major, with a primary focus on physical anthropology. However, during the summer of 2005, she had the opportunity to participate in the first Saints Rest excavation. It was her first archaeological field experience, which provided her with a range of diverse skills. Who would have thought that ten years later she’d be back participating with campus archaeology!

After graduating in 2007, Lisa entered the anthropology master’s program at California State University, Chico. Her thesis work focused on scavenging patterns with regard to forensic cases. She also participated in another historic-era field school in Northern California. After graduating with her M.A. in 2011, Lisa worked as an osteologist on a late 19th/early 20th century potter’s field in San Jose, California, and as a lecturer for CSU, Chico and Lassen Community College anthropology departments. Her dissertation will focus on the health and nutritional status of the individuals from the historic cemetery in San Jose.

Lisa is happy to be back at MSU, and looks forward to sharing her experiences with you, and continuing the hard work of her predecessors to preserve the cultural heritage on campus.

Campus Archaeology Graduate Researchers

Amy Michael: Amy Michael is a returning CAP fellow (can’t get rid of me!). She is furthering her research on gendered use of space on campus and looks forward to including artifacts found during the summer 2016 excavations in her analysis. This year, Amy will work with Lisa Bright on a variety of projects including the analysis of the historic privy vs. campus middens or trash sites.

Susan Kooiman: Susan is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Anthropology. Her research focuses on prehistoric pottery use, cooking practices, and diet, and her dissertation will explore these topics in the Upper Great Lakes of North America. This is her second year as a CAP fellow, and she and Autumn Beyer will be working together on a project highlighting food on campus during the Early Period (1855-1870) of MSU’s history. They plan to recreate historic MSU meals based on food remains found in an early privy during CAP survey in 2015 and create online digital media documenting the project for the public.

Jeff Painter: Jeff is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, with a focus in prehistoric archaeology in the Midwest and Eastern Woodlands. Specifically, he focuses on interaction and foodways in late prehistory and the function and use of ceramic vessels in the past. This is his first year as a CAP fellow and he plans on exploring the role of institutional ceramics at MSU as well as the ceramics found in the Gunson House trash pit excavations from summer 2015.

Autumn Beyer: Autumn is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on prehistoric foodways through the analysis of animal bones in the Midwestern United States. This is her first year as a CAP fellow and she plans on working with returning fellow Susan Kooiman on a project to recreate historic MSU meals based on artifacts recovered from a privy.

Mari Isa: Mari is a third year Ph.D. student in Anthropology. Her research focuses on the intersection between anthropological analysis of skeletal trauma and biomechanical experimentation. Additionally, Mari’s fieldwork focuses on bioarchaeology in Late Roman Tuscany. She is excited for her first year as a CAP fellow, during which she will be examining sustainable practices at MSU through time.


Campus Archaeology Program Interns 2016-2017

Rebecca Albert

Jasmine Smith

Previous CAP Interns

Alissa Lyon (2015-2016)

Kristen Doshier (2015-2016)

Pa Vang (2015-2016)

Hunter Thane (2015-2016)

Kyla Cools (2015)

Josh Schnell (2013-2015)

Bethany Slon (2012-2014)

Ian Harrison (2014-2015)

Caroline Dunham (2014)

Ryan Jelso (2013)

Katie Scharra (2013)

Dana Nyquist (2013)

Circe Wilson (2012)

Eve Avdoulous (2011-2012)

Paige Triezenberg (2011)

William Holt (2011)

Alec Wells (2010)

Stephanie Cross (2011)

Lindsey Wancour (2011)

Theresa Koenigsknecht (2011)