Thank you Autumn Painter, outgoing Campus Archaeologist: As we say goodbye to outgoing Campus Archaeologist Autumn Painter who, in her two years in the position, continued CAP’s legacy of creative outreach, education, and mitigation while also profoundly shaping the future of the program, we welcome …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The 2018-2019 school year has begun! Dr. Stacey Camp has taken over as director of the program, following Dr. Lynne Goldstein’s retirement from MSU. We will be continuing to work on several ongoing projects, as well as begin several new ones. Please meet our 2018-2019 …
This week kicked off our 2017 field school. Students will be investigation an area in the Abbot median that contained Station Terrace. Take a moment to meet this summer’s field school students. They will be posting weekly blogs during the field school. Desiree Quinn: Hi! My …
A new year has just begun, and the campus is once again full of life. Since 1855, the Michigan State University campus has experienced an influx of students, faculty and staff during the end of August. There is a pleasant air of anticipation and excitement for new experiences and the old familiarity of the university. Over the past 150 years the campus has collected the marks of the students, whether it be through the photographs of the past or the items that have become buried underneath out feet. The new year is the beginning of hope for the future of ourselves and MSU, but also a reminder of the past and where we have come from. This is especially true for me, as I officially became the new Campus Archaeologist this semester.
The role of Campus Archaeologist is not only the mitigation of archaeological resources on campus, but also the protection of its history. The job entails focusing on the day-to-day of archaeological operations, which includes meeting with members of Physical Plant about ongoing construction and landscaping. I also direct and coordinate the archaeological and historical research that relates to the heritage of MSU. MSU is rich in archaeological information, and it is my job not only to protect and excavate this past, but also to relate this information to the wider campus and community.
I am extremely excited to take my place as Campus Archaeologist. Although I am only a second year, MSU is my home and I look forward to continuing the tradition of protecting MSU’s archaeological heritage. My goal for my term as Campus Archaeologist is to keep everyone informed on what archaeological work is occurring on campus, as well as show the importance of this work. We have a large number of resources for keeping up to date on the work being done on campus, and I look forward to the involvement of the community in these projects. The previous Campus Archaeologists, Terry Brock and Chris Stawski have set high standards for this position, and I hope to continue this tradition.
We at MSU have the special opportunity of getting to understand how our campus has changed from its creation until now, and I hope to share this process of discovery and interpretation of the MSU past with you.
-Katy Meyers, Campus Archaeologist