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A Sense of Place: Field Trip Provides Students a Sense of Where and How Prehistoric People Lived


November 15, 2011
 
 
Students enjoy a day out in the Shields River Valley visiting archeological sites and learning about the history of the area. Photo courtesy of Craig Lee.
   
 
 

Students listen to presentations by Mr. Bill McConnell and Dr. Larry Lahren as they examine casts of lithic artifacts. Photo courtesy of Craig Lee.

In September 2011, visiting professor Craig Lee and a group of students from his “North American Archeology” class trekked to the Shields Valley to better understand the landscape that encompassed the lives of Pleistocene peoples.

The group, said Lee, wanted to get “a sense of the land” and experience a place where early Native Americans lived.

An MSU graduate who now works as an archeologist with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research in Colorado, Lee is thrilled to be spending the year at his alma mater where undergraduate students, “get an opportunity to do hands-on-work and to engage in archaeology at the highest level.”