CAP Summer Field School

2019 CAP Field School flyer

The Campus Archaeology Program and the MSU Department of Anthropology routinely offer a four-week archaeological field school on the Campus of Michigan State University. Space is limited. The next field school will take place this summer (May 13th – June 7th, 2019). Download the 2019 CAP Field School Application.

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019


In this course, students actively participate in archaeological research on MSU’s campus. MSU’s campus is a living laboratory where both anthropology and non-anthropology students can gain vital skills and fulfill their experiential learning requirements in the following areas:

  • excavation
  • GIS, survey, and mapping
  • cultural heritage management and planning
  • cultural resource management
  • artifact identification, curation, and interpretation
  • public outreach
  • digital archaeology
  • science communication and social media outreach

The MSU Department of Anthropology and the MSU Campus Archaeology Program are offering a 4-week archaeological field school investigating the stories and material culture of historic families who owned property that would later become Michigan State University. In 2019, we will be excavating a historic farmstead on the corner of Shaw and Hagadorn roads on MSU’s campus. In the summer of 2018, we recovered numerous artifacts, including porcelain, glass, and personal effects, associated with several 19th and early 20th century homesteads on this parcel of land.

In addition, there will be opportunities to investigate other areas of MSU’s campus as they arise during construction work. Students will gain experience working in Cultural Resource Management contexts, as they will participate in the day-to-day operations of the Campus Archaeology Program’s ongoing relationship with Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities. While conducting this work, students will learn about the cultural heritage of their own university. They will be expected to disseminate this knowledge through public outreach opportunities, archaeological tours, and blogs.

Course Requirements

Students will receive 6 credits from the MSU Department of Anthropology upon successful completion of the course. Students are expected to attend class Monday-Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm. Students are expected to be ready for work at 9am. Some weekend events may be required for public outreach. Archaeological excavations are physically strenuous; students must be in good health.


Dr. Stacey Camp, Director of the Campus Archaeology Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology.

Costs and Application Process

The official application can be downloaded here: 2019 CAP Field School Application.

In addition to regular tuition costs, students must pay a $150 registration fee for equipment and supplies. Applications should be turned in to Dr. Stacey L. Camp at Michigan State University, Department of Anthropology, 355 Baker Hall, or via email to

Students will be admitted based on the material in their application. The field school is open to non-MSU students as well as current MSU students. Students do not need to be Anthropology majors to participate.

Scholarship Opportunities

The cost of a Field School can be expensive. Below are links to scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students:

Archaeological Institute for America: Jane C. Waldbaum Field School Scholarship

Society for American Archaeology: Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)