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The MSU Campus
Archaeology Program:
             Community Engagement,
             Community Education


Terry Brock
Grad...
Show of Hands...
Saints’ Rest
Campus
Archaeology
Program
Big Holes
Faculty Row
tiny holes
Saints’ Rest, again
act as a good steward towards MSU’s
1.   cultural resources.
act as a good steward towards MSU’s
1.   cultural resources.
     Work w/ a wide variety of campus
2.   departments.
act as a good steward towards MSU’s
1.   cultural resources.
     Work w/ a wide variety of campus
2.   departments.
     ...
Engage and Educate the MSU Community
about archaeology and their cultural heritage.
Who is in the
MSU Community?
Unique: stagnant and transient
Students
Faculty
Administration
Alumni
Staff
What is MSU’s relationship with its Cultural
               Heritage?
MSU’s cultural heritage



                 faculty,
incoming      administration,        alumni
students           staff
...
Some things we’re doing....
Where does community education happen?
How do you Educate?




               Many Contexts
                for Education
Did just have good
 Convo w construction
worker re archaeology!
    @brockter - 2:58pm April 10, 2009
Experiential
  Education
Public lectures
Online Exhibits
Undergraduate
Internships
What is community engagement?
“History belongs...to those who have
access to its material remnants, to
those who control its penning, and
to those who p...
How do we develop a transparent method of recovery,
         research, analysis, and presentation?
Education
http://campusarch.msu.edu
MSU Campus
Archaeologist
MSU Campus
Archaeology Program
brockter
#capmsu
Expanding a STP to
investigate the animal
bone found at the bottom
of the stp #capmsu
      - @brockter April 11, 2009 12:...
The bone. Probably Cow. It is a cut
rib bone, sadly, it is completely out of
 context. Done for the day! #capmsu
         ...
Some ideas for the future...
Signpost project
Ethnography and Oral History
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  • First, just to get an idea, how about a quick show of hands: who knows what the Campus Archaeology Program is?
  • Evolved out of 2005 excavations at Saints’ Rest, MSU’s first dormitory on campus.
  • This showed MSU that not only did we have important, iconic, symbolic structures on our campus above ground....
  • but below ground as well.
  • This led to the development of the Campus Archaeology Program. Made of two people...we are called in to review any construction project, to make sure that archaeologically sensitive areas will not be harmed. Mostly, this work is for historical sites.










  • I am going to focus on the third goal of CAP, to engage and educate the MSU community about archaeology and their cultural heritage.

  • MSU’s community is unique, as the people who have a stake in its cultural heritage are everywhere: there is the community that is here and is not leaving, such as faculty, staff, administration, and then there is the community that is coming and going, mainly the students and alumni. Students tend to have a commitment to MSU that is constrained by time: 4-5 years, then out. Alumni have a different relationship with their alma mater then when they were students: They are typically interested in issues of tradition, and how the school is viewed on a larger scale, much in the same way that faculty and staff are also concerned about the university.
  • students...both graduate and undergraduate.



  • This includes everyone from support services to physical plant to landscaping to res life to student life, and so on. Lots of people.

  • Students’ relationship with MSU’s heritage is at a small scope: how do I get what I need out MSU to do the next thing with my life and career?
  • Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Alumni are concerned with issues of a broader scope: how is MSU perceived nationally and internationally? What sort of reputation do we have academically, socially, politically? What sort of message do we want to send to future, current, and former MSU students about our University? Both viewpoints are critical to MSU’s cultural heritage: The broad viewpoint brings students in (Why did you come to MSU? Because of their tradition, their academics, because my mother went here, etc.), the type of education they are given is based on cultural tradition and the heritage of MSU (agricultural college = hands on education, residential education, “land grant” to “world grant”), eventually current students become alumni, and want to maintain the type of education they received when they left.

  • I’m going to talk about a couple of things we’re doing to inform the community about its cultural heritage, and to engage them in the process of developing their own cultural heritage.
  • teaching the public about what we do and what we discover. Can take form in site visits, lectures, internships, workshops, museum exhibits, and so on.

  • In the field.
  • grads and undergrads are involved in field work. Some of you have been out with us, I know.
  • This is my fifth talk in six months about Campus Archaeology, and it certainly won’t be the last. Talks include things to classes, campus groups, community groups, and at academic conferences. These allow for an opportunity to share what we have learned. This is a great way for us to educate the community about their cultural heritage.

  • This past year we started an undergraduate internship. It was influenced by two undergraduates who worked with us last spring and summer. Nate Sanders was an honors student who worked with me in the archives getting ready for a project, and Beth Pruitt worked with us this summer. This spring, Beth Vellikey has been our intern,and we are currently looking for a summer and fall intern. Interns participate in all the aforementioned aspects of education: they participate in the field, they work on a specific project and present on it at the Undergraduate Research Forum, and put together an online exhibit about the project, among other things such as conducting lab analysis, historical research, and monitoring construction projects.
  • Engagement is the involvement of the community in the process of discovering, researching, and educating. This also comes in a variety of ways:

  • Answering this question will allow us to break down the issues of access, control, and power that are a part of the dissemination of historical research.
  • Obviously, all the aforementioned methods of educating are also ways of engaging the community. Most of them only deal with the finish product. However, many times when we are actually out in the field, such as talking with construction workers, more insight can be gained regarding things they have found, or stories they have about their past experiences on campus.
  • http://campusarch.msu.edu
  • We are also using three social networking sites to try to engage the community in what we do.
  • We are also using three social networking sites to try to engage the community in what we do.
  • We are also using three social networking sites to try to engage the community in what we do.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/34892027@N05/
  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=144314265614&ref=ts
  • http://www.twitter.com/brockter




  • At each place we excavate, typically a building is being put up in its place or at least nearby. The site of Faculty Row is currently where the West Circle Dormitories are; we would like to put up a display in one of the dorms discussing the former uses of the Dorm, and the discoveries from archaeology. This would work in conjunction with other departments, such as the University Archives and the Museum.
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    1. 1. The MSU Campus Archaeology Program: Community Engagement, Community Education Terry Brock Graduate Student Campus Archaeologist April 13th, ’09 Anthropology Club
    2. 2. Show of Hands...
    3. 3. Saints’ Rest
    4. 4. Campus Archaeology Program
    5. 5. Big Holes
    6. 6. Faculty Row
    7. 7. tiny holes
    8. 8. Saints’ Rest, again
    9. 9. act as a good steward towards MSU’s 1. cultural resources.
    10. 10. act as a good steward towards MSU’s 1. cultural resources. Work w/ a wide variety of campus 2. departments.
    11. 11. act as a good steward towards MSU’s 1. cultural resources. Work w/ a wide variety of campus 2. departments. Engage and Educate the MSU 3. Community about archaeology and their cultural heritage.
    12. 12. Engage and Educate the MSU Community about archaeology and their cultural heritage.
    13. 13. Who is in the MSU Community?
    14. 14. Unique: stagnant and transient
    15. 15. Students
    16. 16. Faculty
    17. 17. Administration
    18. 18. Alumni
    19. 19. Staff
    20. 20. What is MSU’s relationship with its Cultural Heritage?
    21. 21. MSU’s cultural heritage faculty, incoming administration, alumni students staff current students
    22. 22. Some things we’re doing....
    23. 23. Where does community education happen?
    24. 24. How do you Educate? Many Contexts for Education
    25. 25. Did just have good Convo w construction worker re archaeology! @brockter - 2:58pm April 10, 2009
    26. 26. Experiential Education
    27. 27. Public lectures
    28. 28. Online Exhibits
    29. 29. Undergraduate Internships
    30. 30. What is community engagement?
    31. 31. “History belongs...to those who have access to its material remnants, to those who control its penning, and to those who possess the power and authority to disseminate it” - Maria Franklin, 1997: “Power to the People”: Sociopolitics and the Archaeology of Black Americans
    32. 32. How do we develop a transparent method of recovery, research, analysis, and presentation?
    33. 33. Education
    34. 34. http://campusarch.msu.edu
    35. 35. MSU Campus Archaeologist
    36. 36. MSU Campus Archaeology Program
    37. 37. brockter #capmsu
    38. 38. Expanding a STP to investigate the animal bone found at the bottom of the stp #capmsu - @brockter April 11, 2009 12:11 pm
    39. 39. The bone. Probably Cow. It is a cut rib bone, sadly, it is completely out of context. Done for the day! #capmsu - @brockter April 11, 2009 12:11 pm
    40. 40. Some ideas for the future...
    41. 41. Signpost project
    42. 42. Ethnography and Oral History
    43. 43. end.
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