Campus Archaeology Fieldschool’s Excavation of MSU’s First Observatory Featured in Local Media

In summer of 2023, workers from Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, were installing hammock posts close to student residence halls near West Circle Drive when they encountered a hard, impenetrable surface under the ground. The discovery turned out to be the archaeological remains of Read More

Associate Professors Stacey Camp and Ethan Watrall Awarded National Park Service Grant to build a digital archive of WWII Japanese internment and incarceration

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Associate Professors Stacey Camp and Ethan Watrall have been awarded a 3 year National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant for $379,017 to develop The Internment Archaeology Digital Archive (IADA), an open digital archive Read More

Welcoming Dr. Kurt Rademaker to the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is very pleased to announce that Dr. Kurt Rademaker is joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor.  Previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University, Rademaker is an interdisciplinary archaeologist interested in human-environment dynamics, hunter-gatherer colonization of Read More

Professor Ethan Watrall Co-PI on $1.47 Million Grant from Mellon Foundation

The Department of Anthropology is very pleased to announce that Professor Ethan Watrall is one of the Principal Investigators that has been awarded a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The project, entitled Enslaved: People of the Historical Slave Trade, is collaboration with MATRIX: The Center Read More

Campus Archaeology Program Featured on MSU Today

The Campus Archaeology Program was recently featured in MSU Today.  The article and video (below) explored their excavations of Station Terrace as part of the program’s summer fieldschool. To read the full article, go to

Open Faculty Position: Assistant or Associate Professor in Archaeology (Director, Campus Archaeology Program)

Michigan State University Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure system position in archaeology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The appointment will begin August 16, 2017. We seek an anthropological archaeologist who has experience in public archaeology and heritage studies, and will Read More