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MSU at the Society for American Archaeology 2015

MSU at the Society for American Archaeology 2015

In a couple weeks, from April 15 to April 18, the Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference will be occurring in San Francisco, CA. There is going to be great representation of members of Campus Archaeology and the MSU Anthropology Department. Daggett, Adrianne [140] SYMPOSIUM: 

Campus Archaeology and MSU Anthropology at SAA 2014

Campus Archaeology and MSU Anthropology at SAA 2014

Next week from Thursday, April 24 to Sunday, April 27, the Society for American Archaeology will be occurring in Austin, TX. There is going to be great representation of members of Campus Archaeology and the MSU Anthropology department. Want to learn more about MSU Campus 

CAP at the UURAF

CAP at the UURAF

Morrill Hall postcard, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

With the semester coming quickly to a close, so is my research on the Women’s Building, otherwise known as Morrill Hall.  I’ve spent all year finding out as much as I can about the beginning of the life of that “good ol’ red building” that sits on the north-east side of Michigan State’s campus.  Spending a lot of time at the MSU Archives (a big thanks to those at the Archives who helped me) I focused on the years between 1900 and 1925 (1900 being the year the Women’s Building was constructed). I found out some pretty interesting facts about not only the building, but the women who lived inside the building.  These women were pioneers; the first to enter a school full of men and to prove that co-education was the next step in university education.

However, if you want to know more about what I’ve found out at the MSU Archives, you’ll have to stop by the MSU Union on Friday, April 12th at around 9:30am, where I’ll be presenting at the UURAF.  The University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum is held in the spring of every year for undergraduate Michigan State students to show the rest of the school what research they have been conducting all year.  Research can be presented either orally, on a poster, or performed (for those students showcasing their scholarship through artistic work, such as dance, music or theater).  There are twenty research categories total, ranging from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (be sure look for my friend Matt Smith’s poster!), to Psychology, to Social Science, which will be the category in which I’ll be presenting.  Presenters will be asked questions on their research, and constructive feedback will be given by the judges.  Judging happens throughout the day, and is based on certain criteria, such as delivery, elements and visual aids.  Last year five hundred and sixty students presented at the forum, and I have no doubt there will be even more students this year.

For my research, my mentors, Dr. Lynne Goldstein and Katy Meyers, and I decided that a poster would be the best approach for my presentation.  To be honest, designing the poster was harder than I had anticipated.  It’s all designed on the computer, and PowerPoint is used for this.  However, PowerPoint must be set to certain dimensions (40” by 32”), so trying to view the whole poster on my tiny laptop screen was, well, inconvenient to say the least (as some of my friends would say, “first world problems”). Anyway, I eventually got all of my information placed on the poster only to realize, with the help of Katy, that it was extremely cluttered and disorganized.  So, back to square one, I had to reorder and re-place everything, but eventually I got it to look presentable.  The poster is in the process of being printed, and will be ready to go Friday morning.

So come on by to the MSU Union this Friday, to not only see some pretty interesting research on Morrill Hall (if I do say so myself), but also a lot of pretty incredible research from my undergraduate peers at MSU.  It’ll be an all day event, so even if you can’t make it at 9:30am for my presentation, there will be plenty of other chances during the day to see other presentations.  Come support all of MSU’s undergraduate researchers, and I hope to see you there!

Make sure to visit our interns at the UURAF this Friday, April 12th! At 9:30am in the Gold Room at the MAC Union, Bethany will be presenting her poster on Morrill Hall, and Katie and Dana will be presenting on their classification of the Saints Rest material. Feel free to visit and ask them questions about their research.

For more on the UURAF, visit: http://urca.msu.edu/uuraf/


Author: Bethany

Campus Archaeology at GAC

Campus Archaeology at GAC

This Friday, Sabrina Perlman and Katy Meyers will be presenting a poster on behalf of Campus Archaeology at the Graduate Academic Conference hosted by the Council of Graduate Students here at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel Conference Center. This is the fifth year of the GAC, a 

Beginning the New Semester and SHA 2013

Beginning the New Semester and SHA 2013

Welcome back! Whether you are ready or not, a new semester is upon us. That means new undergraduate interns and work begins again on the graduate research fellows projects. With the snow and frozen ground there will be little excavation, but that doesn’t mean we 

Campus Archaeology at the Midwest Archaeological Conference

Campus Archaeology at the Midwest Archaeological Conference

Things have been quite busy here at the Consortium for Archaeological Research!  We’ve been busy planning and preparing for a major conference that our department is hosting – the upcoming 2012 Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference (MAC) – which will be held from October 18th – 21st.  The MAC is a regional organization with about 500 members from across the midcontinental U.S. and publishes Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, a well-respected, peer-reviewed journal.  Archaeologists from all levels of academia attend the MAC annual conference, thus fostering a connection between faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Since 100’s of people are expected to attend the MAC this year, Campus Archaeology is excited about the opportunity to showcase some of our work to our guests!  So, what does CAP have in store for the upcoming MAC conference?

CAP Appearances in the MAC Schedule

1)   On Thursday, October 18th, from 2:30 – 4pm: Dr. Lynne Goldstein (Director of CAP) is the Chair and Co-Organizer (along with Dr. Ethan Watrall) of a session titled: “Communicating Archaeology in the 21st Century.”  Dr. Goldstein will present the following paper: “Teaching Archaeology via Campus Archaeology: What Have We Learned?”. This talk will discuss the benefits of the program and how it has evolved over the past 5 years.

2)   Once this session is over, the MSU Campus Archaeology Walking Tour commences at 4:15pm.  This tour – which will last approximately 1 hour – will highlight several important historic parts of MSU’s campus, including Saints’ Rest. This tour will take place either as a walking tour, weather permitting, or a ‘dry’ indoor tour that will consist of a powerpoint and talk, which participants can then explore campus on their own later.

Things to do while visiting MSU for the MAC: Food & Drink

Since attending professional conferences can be exhausting, it might help to take some time off and enjoy the beautiful scenery on and around campus and the wonderful shops along Grand River Avenue!  Here are some basic tips.

1)   In need of coffee and people watching? Head on over to Espresso Royale for the opportunity to decompress after a long day of papers and meetings.  Weather permitting, you might even be able to enjoy your coffee in their outdoor seating area.  For those that enjoy options, Wanderer’s Teahouse also has excellent coffee and tea (note: I’m a big fan of their crepes!).

2)   In need of a delicious and greasy burger? Crunchy’s has been providing excellent food, beer, and overall service for 30 years!  If you’re lucky, the female servers might happen to be sporting their fake mustaches.

3)   Hungry AND thirsty? In need of delicious fermented beverages?  The Peanut Barrel (located right next door to Espresso Royale) is able to satiate most of your needs; they offer several kinds of beer on tap – including Michigan brews.

4)   For more tips on where to go and what to see, just ask any CAP staff member and/or any MSU department of anthropology faculty or student; we are more than happy to help!

Happy Conferencing!

SAA 2011: Blogging in Archaeology, Week 4

SAA 2011: Blogging in Archaeology, Week 4

This post is week 4 (and the final post) of the Blogging in Archaeology questions posed by Colleen Morgan of the blog Middle Savagery. Question: Consider the act of publication for this blog carnival. How could we best capture the interplay, the multimedia experience of 

SAA 2011: Blogging in Archaeology, Week 2

SAA 2011: Blogging in Archaeology, Week 2

This post is week 2 of the Blogging in Archaeology questions posed by Colleen Morgan of the blog Middle Savagery. Question 2: In our last question, many emphasized the public access that blogging brings to archaeology, the option to ‘phone a friend’ as Campus Archaeology’s 

SAA 2011: Blogging In Archaeology

SAA 2011: Blogging In Archaeology

Over the next four weeks, the Campus Archaeology team members will be participating in answering a series of questions posed by  Colleen Morgan (@clmorgan), on her blog, Middle Savagery, in order to prepare for the SAA Conference session on Blogging in Archaeology. Terry Brock will be presenting a paper in the session (read his responses here), but we will all participate in answering the questions over the next few weeks.

Question 1: The emergence of the short form, or blog entry, is becoming a popular way to transmit a wide range of archaeological knowledge. What is the place of this conversation within academic, professional, and public discourse? Simply put, what can the short form do for archaeology?

Katy Meyers: Blogging as Community and Open Access Knowledge

Blogging in archaeology is a powerful tool for the transmission of information and opinion in a more accessible and open format. It allows for a range of both knowledge, often not covered in professional journals or magazines, to be dispersed among the discipline and the public. However, as blogging increases as a form of scholarly communication, the question is how we fit this type of knowledge into our preconceptions of academic work. These brief snippets of archaeological data are critiqued as unmonitored, un-refereed, and not subject to the same standards as the classic forms of scholarly work. However, this is not entirely true. As much as the author does have free range over their opinions, they are subject to the critique of the greater archaeological audience. Blogging is a way of throwing your ideas into the academic community; your work is open to criticism and debate.

This new form of information sharing is a way to open the conversation to all levels of academic, and speed the growth of our collective knowledge. Instead of open dialogue between scholars around the world limited to large professional conferences, blogging serves as a way to continue the conversation throughout the year with anyone who can access a computer. In the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, blogging is a way for us to share what we are working on, but also to open the conversation up to the whole community. By writing these short, more informal posts, we are making archaeology more accessible. When we share our data, we open ourselves up to critique, but the benefit is that we increase the public’s awareness of the presence of archaeology in their own community and that way that their history is being constructed.

Chris Stawski: The Blogging Paradigm

The short form, or blogging, has revolutionized authorship and writing, and has coincided with one of the largest trends in the computer world to date: social media and smart devices.  The key word for this dramatic paradigm shift that blogging has brought about is access.  Blogging is many things, but first and foremost, it is accessible.  With the use of mobile devices, laptops and pads of all sorts, information is so readily available and so easily created and shared, that people are scrambling to keep up.

In the realm of anthropological archaeology, blogging is creating a niche.  It has been used to create journals in the field to more professional publication-style entries in the office.  It has been used as a public forum for engagement where the audience may be infinite in composition, and it has been used, well here for example, in a more structured format where the audience is more specialized.  Once again, the beauty in blogging is its accessibility, its adaptability.

My hope is that for archaeology, we do not try and usher blogging into one course or the other, but instead utilize its ability so that it can adapt to many forums and to address a range of audiences.  Many think that blogging in archaeology needs to be refereed, and taken down a more “traditional” path.  Yes, that is one course that may be explored.  We must realize, though,  that when we do that, we are challenging the basic principles on which blogging was founded. We are limiting its accessibility, and instead of blogging, we are now just creating an on-line, short-form publication.  I would like to see blogging in archaeology continue to create a link between the public and the archaeologist, to enhance the public’s perception of archaeology and continue to make this knowledge accessible to any and all.

Kristin Sewell: Blogging: What’s in it for writers?

My colleagues have shown the benefits of the short form and how blogs as a medium of knowledge transmission have opened the world up for immediate and unlimited access to information exchange. The internet is, after all is said and done, the modern oracle. To borrow a phrase from the popular game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the internet is the best “phone a friend” lifeline anyone could ask for. Blogs offer access to all with the only requisites being an open internet port and moderate curiosity. For archaeology, that means knowledge that used to be accessible only through professional membership and admission to university is now available to anyone. Blogs clearly have a benefit for scholarly researchers and the reading public at large.

But why write?  As a graduate student, I am advised by a chorus of professors and advanced students to write, write again, and write some more. Practice the craft of composition and analysis! Whether you struggle for an hour and produce 200 words or churn out 10 pages of text with the greatest of ease, the advice is always the same: write and write every day. There’s a universe of literature on the subject of how to become a better writer – much of it in the blogosphere—with advice on exploring topics, generating ideas, and producing words for the page. But in this case, the answer is in the question, young grasshopper. Blog! Not only does blogging allow the writer to concentrate in a single area of  interest—a luxury for many students—but blogging allows the writer to get ideas  published and reviewed by a broad audience of critics many of whom are avid and knowledgeable readers in the very subject area of interest! The short form provides an opportunity for readers to read and writers to write with near limitless possibilities. So, I say, blog, blog again, and blog some more. Have a voice. Be heard. Be read.

Lynne Goldstein, CAP Director: Blogging and Engagement

From the perspective of Director of Campus Archaeology, blogging (for us) has accomplished a number of things that traditional forms of writing and engagement have not been able to do. First, we are able to reach many more people in many more places (both academic and public) than we have ever been able to reach by traditional means. Second, readers are far more likely to engage with a blog – they will post comments and ask questions that might otherwise never get asked or answered. A professional can try to explain or clarify a concept for an amateur, or a member of the public can ask direct questions from an archaeologist. Professionals themselves can use blogs to discuss issues with other professionals. We have had the experience of all of these types of engagement with our blog. Finally, blogs can provide some basic discussion and ideas for more traditionally published papers and books. In trying to understand some of the comments, one may well develop an important aspect of a paper that might otherwise not happen.

Although a seemingly extraneous example, we have found that people become so engaged with our program and its social media that we routinely get visits from many when we do fieldwork, and when we complain that it is cold, folks even bring us coffee! It’s great when that happens and we are very appreciative, but it also tells us that we have an engaged, supportive,  and committed audience for what we are doing.

How should blogs count in an academic setting? I’m not sure, but I think they should count in the tally of what the individual has done. Blogs are certainly the most directly reviewed kind of publication, by professionals and others, but I think they represent an extremely productive way to set forth ideas and concepts that can be subsequently turned into more traditional academic works. Blogs can also be further developed into different forms of public engagement, and academics who do such work should really be rewarded for this.

One thing that most people don’t talk about in terms of blogs and social media – the responsibility that it places on professionals to respond to inaccurate or problematic material. If we want effective tools, we have to take part in the discussions and fulfill our obligations as professionals.

I have to admit that before I created the Campus Archaeology Program, I had not given a lot of thought to blogging. However, after my experience over a 2.5 year period, I would never begin a project without blogs and other social media. The great thing about blogging and other social media is that it is not static and that people understand that the form is improved with engagement.

Grace Krause: The Missing Link

Others have put very relevant emphasis on the role of blogging for easy distribution of academic knowledge and debate, but for me short form plays a slightly different role.  Blogging is news, whether the individual updates of our CAP field school students or the international solidarity expressed in finding truth during the recent internet blackout in Egypt.  Much of the information and opinion expressed on blogs is transient and will never be formally published, but this does not mean there is no value in fast-paced reporting.  Rather, blogging represents a missing link in the academic thought process that was rarely seen before the rising popularity of digital media.  This is what is happening, this is what we’re thinking about right now as opposed to waiting months or years for an official publication, if it ever comes.  Blog entries are Polaroid pictures of archaeological ideas, instant and unpolished, but nevertheless the perfect way to watch those ideas germinate and develop over time.

“Blogging Archaeology” and SAA Conference

“Blogging Archaeology” and SAA Conference

At the end of March, I will be taking part in a session at the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Sacramento entitled “Blogging Archaeology”. The session is organized by Colleen Morgan, a graduate student at Berkeley, and the author of the blog “Middle Savagery“,