Research

Program in Midwestern Archaeology (PIMA)

Archaeological fieldwork is a combination of field school and grant supported research centered in Wisconsin and Illinois. Archaeological field schools for undergraduates and graduate students are run every other year. Our next field school will be held in the summer of 2017 and will focus on excavations at Crescent Bay Hunt Club, a 700 year old farming village on Lake Koshkonong, near Fort Atkinson, WI. Thesis and dissertation research collections are available for interested graduate students.

Historic Cemeteries

Historic Cemeteries are widely recognized as distinct places with at least one common purpose – that of burying the dead. Beyond that a cemetery may represent a link with a specific person, or with the more generalized past, or both. In those instances where the link between burials and the social, ethnic, religious or cultural present is tenuous or lacking, cemeteries are abandoned or forgotten.

Old World Archaeology Program

Collections-based research and analysis has been the focus of many student projects. Extensive collections from the Old World at the Milwaukee Public Museum, as well as Old World collections at the Chicago Field Museum, and the Smithsonian have been the subject of several thesis projects and are available for future thesis work.

Latin American Archaeological Program

Departmental field programs include on-going research in Peru, conducted by Dr. Jean Hudson. Her work in Peru focuses on the ecological relationships between humans, their cultural systems, and local faunal resources.

Experimental Archaeology

Students and professors get together to share labor and ideas on various archaeological experiments designed to help us better understand our artifacts and sites. What’s next? Come and help us decide. Everyone is welcome.

Exhibition and Interpretation