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MSU at the Midwest Archaeological Conference

MSU at the Midwest Archaeological Conference

Next week is the annual Midwest Archaeological Conference (October 10-12, 2019) in Mankato, MN. Below is a list of dates and times of all MSU presentations. This includes past, present, and retired MSU graduate students and faculty. Included is a poster on the Campus Archaeology…

Introducing our CAP Undergraduate Interns

Introducing our CAP Undergraduate Interns

This year we have two undergraduate interns working in the Campus Archaeology Program lab. These two students both attended the summer 2019 archaeological field school. Below you can read a little more about them! Reid Ellefson-Frank is an undergraduate student at MSU working towards a…

Introducing Our 2019-2020 CAP Graduate Fellows

Introducing Our 2019-2020 CAP Graduate Fellows

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Benjamin Akey: Benjamin (they/them/theirs) is a first-year doctoral student and graduate research assistant studying historical archaeology. They received their BA in Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz in 2018, where they focused on the performance and negotiation of class and ethnic identities through patterns of alcohol consumption in the Santa Cruz lime industry. They currently focus on issues of identity and subject formation among diasporic communities at late-19th and early-20th century sites of industrial labor. Benjamin joined CAP as a fellow in Fall 2019, and is looking forward to opportunities for public outreach/education and collections management. 


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Jeff Burnett: Jeff is a second year Anthropology PhD. student. His past studies have focused on the archaeology of the African Diaspora in North America, with an interest in the process of freedom and how social constructs affect lived experiences. He is also interested in the production of historical knowledge and the utility of collaborative archaeology to challenge this production. Jeff is excited to start his second year in the Campus Archaeology Program and plans on working with the artifacts recovered in CAP’s 2018 and 2019 excavations of the Toolan house. Jeff joined CAP as a fellow in Fall 2018.


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Rhian Dunn: Rhian is a first year biological anthropology doctoral student, focusing in forensic anthropology. Her research interests include human variation and aspects of the biological profile, particularly ancestry estimation. This year, Rhian has joined CAP and hopes to get more experience in archaeological surveying and with identifying historical artifacts. She is also interested in using ArcGIS to explore spatial distributions of artifacts found at MSU. 


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Grace Shu Gerloff: Grace (She/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. As a sociocultural anthropologist, Grace’s doctoral research focuses on identify formation for Asian American adoptees in the Midwest. This is Grace’s first year as a half-time CAP fellow. She is looking forward to engaging in community outreach and using her experience in education to make connections with the mid-Michigan community and bring awareness to the history of the space that Michigan State University occupies. 


Woman using total station to map artifacts.

Amber Plemons: Amber is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, focusing in Biological Anthropology, and a returning CAP fellow. Her research focuses on understanding the causative forces of human variation in craniofacial morphology, specifically the impacts of climate and genetics. This year, Amber will be helping to build a database for CAP artifacts recovered and housed at Michigan State University. Additionally, she will continue her work with the Girl Scouts organization to teach the future women of archaeology and help them earn their archaeology badge!

Summer 2019 Re-CAP

Summer 2019 Re-CAP

Campus Archaeology had an exciting summer field season, from the archaeological field school to field crew work across campus. We also hosted a class for Grandparent’s University and painted the MSU Rock! Below you can read more about each project. Archaeological Field School This summer…

Color Me Excited! Munsell visits MSU Campus Archaeology Program

Color Me Excited! Munsell visits MSU Campus Archaeology Program

During the last week of our undergraduate archaeological field school, Art Schmehling and Laura Weeks from Munsell came out to visit our excavation, show us a few of their products, and see how we typically use their soil color book. The products they brought and…

Looking Forward to 2019-2020

Looking Forward to 2019-2020

As the end of my first year as the Campus Archaeology Program Director is coming to a close, I wanted to share some reflections and thoughts about our work. First, I wanted to say that I have been very lucky to work with our CAP Fellows, who are so engaged and enthusiastic about the work they do and about CAP.  They are the backbone of our program and put a public face to the profession of archaeology.

What I also greatly appreciate about CAP is how we form partnerships across campus with a variety of groups and units. These collaborations range from working with the MSU Eat at State ON-THE-GO Food Truck, MSU Grandparents University, MSU Science Festival, Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities (IPF), MSU Archives, and the MSU Paranormal Society to deliver outreach to our campus community, MSU alumni, and visitors to MSU. We also take CAP’s work off campus, bringing exhibits and outreach materials to events like Michigan Archaeology Day and local libraries and schools. CAP is unique in that it is able to engage people from all walks of life and interests beyond the ivory tower of academia.

Our reach is broad. As the new CAP director, I plan to continue to expand our sphere of influence. One example of this is our recent visit to MSU’s W. K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). KBS was donated to MSU (or MSC as it was known in the past) by W. K. Kellogg, who is best known for being the founder of the Kellogg Company. Kellogg had many interests beyond the cereal that bears his name. He became fascinated with birds after hearing a lecture at a sanitarium and went on to build what is today the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at the Kellogg Biological Station. He imported an international menagerie of birds to his sanctuary and then donated it to Michigan State College (now MSU) in 1928. Since then KBS has been an innovative research station that is of interest to ecologists, biologists, ornithologists, farmers, and, now, archaeologists.

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From left to right, top to bottom: CAP Fellow Jack Biggs, Campus Archaeologist Autumn Painter, Campus Archaeology Program Director Dr. Stacey L. Camp, and CAP Fellow Jeff Burnett.

Kara Haas, who serves as the Science Education & Outreach Coordinator for the W. K. Biological Station, and several other staff and volunteers at KBS gave us an engaging tour of the sanctuary and property. We saw architectural drawings of the property, fed trumpeter swans, located some extant archaeological features associated with KBS’ earlier days, and went on a fascinating tour of Kellogg’s ornately decorated and designed manor house. The CAP crew was also treated to a delicious meal at the dormitories attached to the manor.

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Trumpeter swans at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

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The W. K. Kellogg Manor House.

I am hoping that this trip might generate future research projects for CAP, undergraduate students, and youth in Michigan. This is just one of the many examples of the type of partnerships we seek to build across campus, across the region, and across the state of Michigan. I look forward to continuing to share our new adventures as we learn about the people who once lived on and inhabited MSU’s properties.

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The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on a rainy day with trumpeter swans in the background.

The most interesting artifact from MSU’s historic campus? The “Moor” artifact, 10 years later

The most interesting artifact from MSU’s historic campus? The “Moor” artifact, 10 years later

If you’ve been following CAP for a while you’ve probably seen us post about the “Moor” artifact: a small piece of mortar sporting the letters “Moor” in handwritten cursive script. Despite its unassuming appearance, what makes this artifact so fascinating is the incredible story behind…

MSU Science Fest 2019: CAP at Expo Day

MSU Science Fest 2019: CAP at Expo Day

The MSU Science Festival Expo Day was filled with hundreds, if not thousands of visitors! This year we decided to switch up a few things to try some new ways of reach audiences of all ages. Continue reading to learn about the new additions and…

MSU at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting 2019

MSU at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting 2019

Interested in hearing what MSU graduate students and professors are presenting at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology? Below is a list compiled including the names, title of presentation/poster, date, time, and location for each MSU scholar! We hope to see you in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Thursday Morning, April 11, 2019

Poster Session ~ Geoarchaeology in the New World
Room: La SalaTime: 10:30 am – 12:30 am
Sarah Meinekat, Christopher Miller, Emily Milton, & Kurt RademakerQuebrada Jagay – 280 (QJ-280) under the Microscope: A Geoarchaeological Investigation of the Site Formation and Anthropogenic Features at a Peruvian Coastal Site45-c

General Session ~ Bioarchaeology: South American Case Studies
Room: 20 LagunaTime: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Richard Sutter, Gabriel Prieto, Celeste Gagnon & Jordi Rivera PrinceHorizontality Revisited: Evidence for 3,000 Years of Prehistoric Biocultural Continuity of Fisherfolk at Huanchaco, North Coast of Peru11:15 am

Thursday Afternoon, April 11, 2019

Symposium ~ Archaeologies of Health, Wellness, and Ability
Room 65 HopiTime: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Stacey CampHealthcare and Citizenship in the Context of World War II Japanese American Internment2:00 pm

Symposium ~ Capacity Building or Community Making? Training and Transitions in Digital Archaeology
Room: 18 Cochil/30 TaosTime: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ethan WatrallBuilding Capacity and Communities of Practice in Digital Heritage and Archaeology1:00 pm
Lynne GoldsteinDiscussant4:45 pm

Poster Session ~ Experimental Archaeology in the Americas
Room: Hall 3Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Emily Milton & Joshua SchwartzNot Something to Grind Your Teeth Over: Experimental Mounting of Enamel for Stable Isotope and Microscopic Analysis116-g

Thursday Evening, April 11, 2019

Electronic Symposium ~ Towards a Standardization of Photogrammetric Methods in Archaeology: A Conversation about ‘Best Practices’ in an Emerging Methodology
Room: 10 AnasaziTime: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Amy Hair, Gabriel Wrobel, and Jack BiggsThe Maya Cranial Photogrammetric Field Methods in Burial Excavation

Friday Morning, April 12, 2019

Symposium ~ Attention to Detail: A Pragmatic Career of Research, Mentoring, and Service, Papers in Honor of Keith Kintigh
Room 275 Ballroom BTime: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Vincas Steponaitis & Lynne GoldsteinStruggling with Complex Decision-Making in Public Policy10:00 am

General Session ~ Bioarchaeology in Peru
Room: 22 San JuanTime: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jordi Rivera Prince & Gabriel PrietoDefining Markers of Occupational Stress in the Ancient Fisherman of Huanchaco, Peru: When Modern Ethnography and Bioarchaeology Intersect11:45 am

Friday Afternoon, April 12, 2019

General Session ~ Paleoindian Archaeology in South America
Room: 60 ChacoTime: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lauren Pratt & Kurt RademakerAn Application of Surovell’s Behavioral Ecology Models of Site Occupation Length in the Peruvian Andes3:30 pm
Taylor Panczak & Kurt RademakerExploring Inter-zonial Connections through a Constructed Projectile Point Typology from Cuncaicha Rockshelter3:45 pm

Friday Evening, April 12, 2019

Awards Presentation and Annual Business Meeting
Lifetime Achievement AwardPresented to Lynne Goldstein5:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday Morning, April 13, 2019

Symposium ~ Archaeological Method and Theory: Papers in Honor of James M. Skibo, Part 1.
Room: 10 AnasaziTime: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Susan KooimanFunctioning at Full Capacity: The Role of Pottery in the Woodland Upper Great Lakes8:15 am
Autumn Painter & Jeffrey PainterWalk with Me: Reflections on Almost a Lifetime with Dr. James Skibo8:30 am

Symposium ~ Kin, Clan, and House: Social Relatedness in the Archaeology of North American Societies
Room: 240 La CienegaTime: 8:00 am – 11:30 am Chair: Jacob Lulewicz
Lynne GoldsteinAztalan from the Perspective of Institutions of Social Relatedness10:30 am

Poster Session ~ New Discoveries in South American Archaeology
Room: La SalaTime: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Michael Cook & Kurt RademakerRaw Material Sourcing of Two Terminal Pleistocene Sites in Southern Peru285-e

Saturday Afternoon, April 13, 2019

Poster Session ~ What’s For Dinner? Mesoamerican Diets and Foodways
Room: La SalaTime: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Morgan McDenna, Gabriel Wrobel, Amy Michael, Amy S. Commendador & Patricia McAnany Understanding the Diet of Late to Terminal Classic Period Maya Groups in the Sibun River Valley, Belize, through Food Web Reconstruction370-g
Furthering Open Archaeology: Development of the CAP Digital Repository

Furthering Open Archaeology: Development of the CAP Digital Repository

In our previous blog, Jeff Bennett introduced the concept of Open Archaeology and some of the ways that Campus Archaeology (CAP) is maintaining and furthering our position within the framework of Open Archaeology. One of the ways in which we plan to further our efforts…