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Scenes of Summer season at Michigan State – MSU Campus Archaeology Program

Summer season in Michigan brings heat climate, thunderstorms, seaside days and, for Campus Archaeology no less than, shovel testing, development monitoring, and CAP’s on campus discipline college. As we head into a brand new summer season of Campus Archaeology we recap among the nice initiatives our spectacular CAP fellows accomplished this yr and introduce the 2022 discipline college, which begins Monday, Could 23. However first, this yr’s CAP Crew appears a bit completely different, apart from Campus Archeologist Jeff Burnett, ever crew member is new to CAP. We even have a higher mixture of first time archaeologist – we’re certain to have an thrilling summer season as we discover ways to shield and mitigate the cultural heritage of Michigan State’s historic campus. Meet the 2022 CAP Crew: Jeff Burnett, Michael Collins, Emma Creamer, Jayli Husband, Gabrielle Moran-O’Dell, Spencer Phaneuf, Sydney Spaulding, Fatima Vega-Colon, and Thomas Yan.

Subject College

We’re excited to return to internet hosting an discipline college after a number of years of being prevented from doing so by Covid, offering a invaluable alternative to coach undergraduates in varied elements of archaeolo›gical analysis. Persevering with inside our latest deal with college life within the mid-twentieth century–CAP’s 2022 discipline college is concentrated on investigating an space of campus overlapping with the post-war “Spartan Metropolis”–a bit of campus that was remodeled right into a sprawling non permanent housing space throughout MSU’s fast growth following World Warfare II and the passage of the GI Invoice, which offered academic and housing funding for returning veterans and their households.

An oblique aerial image of the aforementioned post-war temporary housing area on MSU's campus, facing roughly Southeast. The buildings are an assortment of various building forms, including long rectangular 'barracks' style apartments and half-cylinder buildings referred to as 'qounset huts'. In the distance, some more permanent structures can be made out, including the brick faculty buildings known as the 'faculty bricks'. The Jenison Fieldhouse can be seen in the center right of the photograph's foreground.
An indirect aerial picture of the aforementioned post-war non permanent housing space on MSU’s campus, dealing with roughly Southeast. The Jenison Fieldhouse may be seen within the heart proper of the {photograph}’s foreground. Picture courtesy of College Archives and Historic Collections

By archival analysis, oral histories, surveying, and excavation of this space of campus, discipline college college students will contribute to ongoing analysis on this transformative period of MSU’s previous whereas gaining invaluable expertise in analysis methodologies helpful each inside and past archaeology. College students may even work on cataloging and analyzing the backlog of supplies from the Service Highway landfill, designing thematically targeted analysis initiatives on particular elements of mid-century campus materials tradition.

Observe this hyperlink to be taught concerning the superb college students attending the sector college this yr and keep tuned for updates all through the summer season!


In particular person outreach actions are slowly increasing in Michigan and this yr CAP hosted our Apparitions and Archaeology Haunted Tour on campus, introduced at Michigan Archaeology Day and MSU’s Science Competition, and created and distributed an artifact thriller quiz!

Digital Cultural Heritage

Journey Lab

A core tenant of Campus Archaeology has been to share the cultural heritage of Michigan State with our MSU and Michigan communities whether or not they stay in close by or hundreds of miles away. This yr CAP Fellows Jack Biggs and Dr. Amber Plemons developed two strolling excursions of campus utilizing “Journey Lab” instrument. We had been initially hesitant to make the most of this program – it’s a paid service and we weren’t positive if the one tour, five-location restrict might work for our functions. Nevertheless, now we have discovered that it’s straightforward to constructed excursions with the instrument, the five-site restrict inspired us to make thematic excursions, and the power to faucet into the large geocaching neighborhood make Journey Lab a helpful, if not good instrument for sharing MSU’s historical past and delightful campus.

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QR code for CAP’s Journey Lab excursions

Discover the journey lab app by clicking this hyperlink or scanning the QR code to the correct.


Rhian Dunn and Aubree Marshall continued CAPs experimentation with Twine ( – an open-source instrument for telling interactive, nonlinear tales. We have now beforehand used Twine to create a tour of campus archaeology and a haunted tour of campus – specializing in storytelling as digital self-guided excursions. Our new Twine tales have completely different approaches:

Analysis, Conferences, and Publications

Different CAP initiatives are extra behind the scenes – researching matters and writing for skilled and public audiences. CAP printed on campus archaeology within the Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Document publication and Dr. Camp guest-edited and wrote the introduction to the publication.

This yr CAP fellows additionally introduced at conferences. For the Midwest Archaeological Convention hosted by MSU, Rhian Dunn, Aubree Marshall, and Emily Milton introduced a poster for on CAP’s digital outreach in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic entitled, “Armchair Outreach: Campus Archaeology Program Throughout a Pandemic”.

Different analysis explored the historical past of Spartan Metropolis – a short lived housing neighborhood, lively from the mid-Nineteen Forties – early Sixties, that housed World Warfare 2 veterans and their households at Michigan State. Ben Akey and Aubree Marshall wrote blogs on this matter and CAP introduced on the historical past and materials tradition (cosmetics, toiletries, and ceramics) of Spartan Metropolis for the 2022 Society for Historic Archaeology Convention ( This website would be the location of the upcoming 2022 discipline college and we’re excited to see what extra we will study this fascination neighborhood at MSU.

We had a beautiful yr – if troublesome – 2021-2022 and are trying ahead to an thrilling summer season of archaeology, educating, and studying! In case you see CAP Crew or our discipline college, wave and cease to ask us questions!


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