Campus Archaeologist: MSU Campus Archaeology Program
The MSU Campus Archaeology Program conducts all of Michigan State University's cultural resource management projects, serving as the primary mitigating body for construction and landscape projects on campus. Housed within the Department of Anthropology, CAP also provides various educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, conducts research, and creates innovative means of public engagement.
I served as Campus Archaeologist for MSU's Campus Archaeology Program from 2008 to 2010. These were the program's first years, and during that time I conducted a number of archaeological mitigation projects, primarily Phase I and II. Among the important discoveries was the discovery of College Hall, MSU's first academic building, and the identification of a 16,000 sand dune located on MSU's campus. I was also integral in the development of an undergraduate internship program, one of the first comprehensive social media public engagement programs using sites such as Twitter and Facebook, gave numerous presentations and posters at conferences such as the Society for Historical Archaeology, and published a number of excavation reports. Currently, I am working on an article with director Lynne Goldstein examining our excavation and research strategy.