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Spring 2022 – MSU Campus Archaeology Program


CAP Update: Spring 2022

Right here at Michigan State we welcome winter as we return to courses and our labs. I would really like share what we’ve got been as much as over break and supply a preview of what CAP will probably be engaged on this semester.

What We Did Over The Break

Emblem for the 2022 SHA convention

Over break CAP fellows finalized our presentation for the 2022 Convention on Historic and Underwater Archaeology the place we had been to current at a session on Campus Archaeology and Neighborhood Collaboration. This convention was held from January 5 – 8 in Philadelphia, PA. Sadly, the representatives from CAP elected not attend the convention as a result of present rise in COVID-19 circumstances, however Benjamin Akey kindly recorded our presentation so it may very well be performed in our absence.

On this discuss we share our investigation of the mid-Twentieth century Service Highway midden (trash dump) discovered at Michigan State College in East Lansing, Michigan and the associated historical past of momentary post-World Struggle II scholar housing on campus. The primary half offers a historic overview of the post-World Struggle II campus and of the midden website. The second and third sections discover in larger depth the beauty vessels and institutional ware ceramics recovered from the Service Highway Midden. A research of MSU’s institutional ware ceramics offers each a dependable technique to date the midden deposit and, by exploring their ornamental kinds, determine the locations on campus the place the ceramics had been used and, thus, the place a number of the assemblage could have come from. A research of beauty and bodily-hygiene merchandise offers insights into the negotiation of gendered identities on a campus that—for the primary time—included a big proportion of married college students and their households. 

We’ve got added our presentation right here and we hope you take pleasure in it:

Video of CAP’s presentation on the 2022 SHA convention

What We Have Coming Up:

This spring we’re trying ahead to:

  • collaborating in MSU’s Science Competition – we could have sales space with hands-on actions, a brand new exhibit, and archaeologists to reply questions in regards to the archaeology and the college’s historical past.
  • creating a brand new geocaching excursions and places
  • presenting talks on campus
  • getting ready for summer season fieldwork
  • sharing our archaeology choose-your-own-adventure video games
  • performing new analysis on our lab collections
  • writing new blogs
  • and welcoming a brand new cohort of undergraduate CAP interns

Keep tuned for all of this and extra as we proceed to work to share and shield MSU’s cultural heritage in 2022 and past.

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