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Anthropology and Earth Science students, faculty attend 75th Annual Plains Anthropological Conference

Posted on October 12, 2017

Twelve students and five faculty members from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science attended the Plains Anthropological Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota from October 4-17, 2017. The following seven co-authored talks and posters were presented, encompassing research across archaeology, cultural anthropology, geoarchaeology, geology, and GIS:  Read the rest of this entry →

Drs. Dosch, Paul lead study abroad course in Dominican Republic

Posted on June 22, 2017

Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study abroad course to the Dominican Republic. This intercultural, interdisciplinary tour included graduate and undergraduate students from Counseling and Student Affairs, Anthropology, Social Work, Speech Language Hearing and Education.  Read the rest of this entry →

Prehistoric beachfront property: Locating prehistoric deposits and landforms at the Regional Science Center

Posted on April 03, 2017

Featuring Dr. Garry Running, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Department of Geography and Anthropology

Monday, April 3 | 4 p.m. | Center for Business Room 111

Dr. Running and his research students visited the Regional Science Center during the summer and fall of 2016 to investigate the landscape history of Lake Agassiz and the Buffalo River Valley. His talk will discuss his collaborative work with the MSUM Department of Anthropology and Earth Science to understand landform evolution and prehistoric land use at the Regional Science Center.

This talk is made possible by support from MSUM’s College of Science, Health & Environment, Regional Science Center, and Department of Anthropology & Earth Science.

Dr. Garry Running at the MSUM Regional Science Center.


MSUM ‘Frontier Foundations: the History of Early Moorhead’ Exhibit Opening at the Hjemkomst Center Dec. 13

Posted on December 13, 2016

A traveling exhibit of 11 panels on Early Moorhead will be opening at the Hjemkmost Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The exhibit script was initiated by students in a History 390: Interpretive History course taught by Jayme Joos (Spring 2015) and then completed through a Legacy (Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) grant awarded to Rinita Dalan and Jayme Joos (Anthropology and Earth Science) that covered additional research and writing by Jayme Joos and copyright permissions for the images. The panels were printed with funds from the Minnesota Historical Society.  Read the rest of this entry →

Last Chance to Register for Tanzania Study Tour

Posted on April 22, 2016

Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime! This is your last chance to register for Culture, Environment, & Human Services in Tanzania, ANTH390/STL390, from May 18-June 14. Read the rest of this entry →

Culture, Environment, and Human Services in Tanzania

Posted on March 24, 2016

Dr. Bruce Roberts (Anthropology/Earth Science) and Dr. John Benson (School of Teaching and Learning) will be leading a four week study tour to Tanzania in May and June. Participants can sign up for the Education course, Anthropology course, or sign up for both. ANTH 390 (3 credits) /STL 390 (3 credits). Read the rest of this entry →

The Department of Anthropology and Earth Science hosts a successful Native American Heritage Month

Posted on December 01, 2015

The Department of Anthropology and Earth Science’s Prairie Nations Research Group in conjunction with the Dragon Anthropological Association (DAA) would like to thank the MSUM community for their support of our Native American Heritage Month Roundtable Series. Six events were held throughout the month:
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Register for GEOS 205 Today

Posted on November 19, 2015

GEOS 205 (THINKING SPATIALLY) for Spring 2016!

Course ID 001718
Professor Kirk Stueve
Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-2:45
Hybrid classs 50% online via D2L / 50% in person (King Hall 216)

This is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your LASC 3 requirement and determine if you want to proceed with the GIS Certificate at MSUM. GIS can be applied in any discipline and will help you stand out in a crowded job market.

Please contact the Department of Anthroplogy & Earth Science if you have any questions.
218.477.4217, King Hall 103

Public views findings of MSUM’s archaeological dig at Buffalo River State Park

Posted on September 21, 2015

Near Glyndon, MN (WDAY/WDAZ TV) – Details of the areas history is being dug up, literally.

MSUM Professor George Holley is leading a project that has uncovered bones and tools believed to be more than 8,000 years old. There are more than 700 sites that have been looked at around Buffalo State Park.

On Sunday, as part of Minnesota Archaeology Week, some were able to see the sites firsthand. People went on tours of MSUM’s Regional Science Center and explored the area where many of the recent discoveries were made.

George Holley/MSUM Professor of Anthropology, “It goes back to about 8,000 years ago and is probably until 1600 or somewhere like that. So we have thousands and thousands of years of people lingering here to hunt bison, to process bison and probably people who were living year round here as well.”

Professor Holley says it will take at least six months to a year to finish his work on this project.

Originally published in The Forum.

MSUM offers archaeology tour of the Regional Science Center

Posted on September 18, 2015

September 20 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Regional Science Center 

MSU Moorhead’s Department of Anthropology and Earth Science is offering a tour of archaeology of the Regional Science Center on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour is being hosted in association with Minnesota Archaeology Week, an annual event to celebrate the archaeological understanding of Minnesota’s past.

Open to the public, the tour will explore the archeological history and significance of the Regional Science Center, including the discovery this summer of bison bones and dart tips left behind by native people that hunted there 500 to 8,000 years ago. Professor George Holley and three MSUM undergraduate students uncovered these artifacts in early August.

“These discoveries represent a major breakthrough in our understanding of the Red River valley past,” Holley said. “The Science Center contains a unique setting of timber, water, stone and environmental habitats, where the Buffalo River met the expansive prairie of the Red River Valley, that was a focal point for native peoples of the region. We expect to find evidence for the entirety of the past, a perspective that is not available in any other area in the region.”

During the tour, archaeologists and students will be placed throughout the center to explain the archaeological significance of the site and to answer any questions.

Read more about this summer’s dig.


Regional Science Center offering tour of archaeology of the center

Posted on September 15, 2015
In association with the state-wide Archaeology Week in Minnesota, the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science and the Regional Science Center are offering a tour of the archaeology of the center on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours will start at the Science Center. This event is open to the public.
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