Posted by: Brian | March 28, 2018

Excavating Hamline History – Fall 2018

We are once again preparing for my fall class – ANTH 3130: Excavating Hamline History. I teach this course every two years. The course involves Hamline students from a variety majors and backgrounds engaged in a community archaeology and public history project. Archaeology is our focus. We will spend much of the semester excavating a site on campus or in the neighborhood. Students in the class participate in all stages of the work from site mapping to digging and screening to lab work and presenting our results. Each student also adds their own skills and knowledge to help us reach our broader goals. Archaeology students might work with GPS data to produce maps and illustrations. DMA students might build a website or app to help share our work with the public. History majors can comb the archives to find the stories behind the sites we dig. Chemistry majors can analyze our brick samples with the department’s portable XRF to help us understand the material sources. The fact is, every Hamline student would be able to offer something of value to this interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavor. Check out this video link to hear some of my past students explain how the class works.

Excavating the 830 Simpson Avenue Site (2016)
Students excavating the 830 Simpson Avenue Site in 2016.

As you can tell, I don’t keep up with this blog, but it does have useful posts on our past excavations. Just click on the “Hamline History” category on the right panel to find these old posts.

Students interested in getting “instructor’s permission” to register for my Fall 2018 class need to add a comment on this blog post. Your comment should include a little about your background (major, year, interests, skills), why you would like to take this class, and what ideas you have for contributing to the project goals. I’m looking for a mix of disciplines and skill sets to help with the interdisciplinary and collaborative aspects of the class. Most important to me, is finding students that are enthusiastic, ready to work hard, and eager for a non-traditional educational experience.

Registration note: I recommend that everyone sign-up for a back-up class if your turn to register comes up before I have decided which of you to accept into this class. That way you can be sure to get into a course that you want.


  1. I am Natalie Pieterick, and I am currently a Junior at Hamline. I am majoring in Digital Media Arts with focus in graphic design and photography. I also have a strong passion for history, especially personal histories. Other than that, I can work well in a group setting and willing to get my hands dirty (pun intended). With my major, I would be able to photo document artifacts that we find, with my own camera, and organize it through booklets, posters, etc. I will hopefully be taking Web Design at the same time as this course and might be able to work a website for us. Thank you!

  2. I am a double major in history and education. I am a junior this year. I plan on going the the Masters program here at Hanline for education. I am the co-founder of Hamline synchronized swimming club here on campus. Which has me working with different people to have a fully functional team.
    I think experiencing a more hands on class will give me a well rounded classs experience here at Hamline. I also think that this will help me as a future teacher to have more hands on experience for my students and to have them learning more about the communities in which they learn in.
    I think the part I can contribute the this class is my education major and helping the students from the Hamline elementary school join our class and learn with us. Also teaching them a bit more about the community.
    I am excited to learn more about the community I have lived in the past 3 years

  3. My name is Maddie Clark and I am a junior currently studying Communications with an emphasis in Media Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies. I am interested in how verbal and nonverbal language has been used throughout history, media’s impact on a vast array of people, and how women’s roles (especially women of color) are often forgotten about in crucial points of history, such as the civil rights movement. I am a co-founder of Hamline University’s FLIC or the Feminist Liberation and Intersectionality Coalition and I am in my second year of serving as the student coordinator for New Student Programs on campus. I have always been a great communicator which aids in bridging interests and people as well as establishing lasting connections.

    I want to take this course because archaeology has always been fascinating to me and to be able to uncover a piece of our community would be an amazing experience to have. I also think that by taking this course I would be able to meet many new people that all share a passion of wanting to collaborate on this project to better understand an integral part of community history. This course would challenge me in some aspects and that is what drives me to really want to take this course as you often learn best outside of your comfort zone.

    I would love to contribute my experiences within our community to better feel connected to our research in the field and with my fellow students. I also feel like I could contribute my understanding of the world through the vast lenses of communications. From interpersonal to intercultural, communications has helped me find commonalities within many different disciplines that makes the tough seem attainable and pushes me to persist to learn more about the world around me. With one of my focuses in media studies, I would be able handle cross platform outreach for our project to reach a larger audience which would be great for others to see how learning is done Hamline style! This project is an amazing experience for me to finally be hands on past the traditional classroom walls that I have really looked forward to since starting my education at Hamline.

  4. I am Maria Moran and am currently a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice and a potential minor in Digital Media Arts. I am a Resident Assistant in the dorms this year and will also be one next year. I am the treasurer of the Hispanic and Latinx Organization (HALO), as well as the vice president and secretary of the Feminist Liberation & Intersectionality Coalition (FLIC) on campus. I also volunteer as a mentor to a student at Hamline Elementary. Through the positions that I am in, I have been able to develop skills to work in groups. Some of those skills include, leadership, communication, time management, and maintaining balance between the members if conflict or confusion were to arise.

    I am very interested in this course because of the focus it has on the Hamline community, being involved present-day makes me wonder what Hamline’s history is and why it developed to be the institution that it is now. I hope that if we are able to go into the St. Paul community, our research will also answer questions about the changes in the city. I am interested in predicting the future of Hamline and St. Paul, something that will be based on the patterns of our findings. Looking at patterns in trends is something that I find very intriguing and being able to apply that to our community is something I will look forward to. Being a Criminal Justice major we look at trends that help form policies and often predict the underlying behavior of actions, answering the “whys”, my interest in Digital Media Arts is film and I would more than gladly be up to filming our process, techniques, and findings.

  5. My name is Paige Daniels and I am a freshman majoring in anthropology and history. I am looking to concentrate on the archaeological aspect of anthropology, and am currently interested in United States and European history. This class would be important for me to take, as it helps combine both of my majors, and will give me hands-on experience in both of these fields. I think it will be fun to get to unearth history and try to piece the stories together given the information we find. In my history classes, I have experience researching specific topics and could use these skills to help provide context and create a background research report on our site. I will also be participating in Field School this summer and will be able to apply the skills I learn through that class to properly excavate this dig site. I have attended open labs throughout the 2017-2018 school year, and know how to label and catalog objects, as well as clean them.

  6. I am Noel Solomon and I am currently a junior at Hamline and will be a senior when this course is being taught. My major is Legal Studies with a minor in Philosophy as well as a student in the Paralegal Certificate Program here. I run a small on-campus organization and have taken many classes that have put me in group settings such as Foundations to Women Studies, Engendering Justice, among others. My favorite classes, however, have been ones in which I have gotten to learn the past in Minnesota so they were teaching me about the area I am at now. Such classes have included intro to religion and family and gender issues in law. However one of my favorite things is actually archaeology and I was super excited when I heard this course was being offered. It was one of my biggest interested growing up through I only got to do it in Florida so I love the idea of getting to get down and dirty and learn all about the history of Minnesota. I could probably bring my basic understanding of soil structure and ph testing from environmental club with regards to things I could help with. that. I also love cataloging items and putting them in order. My goal is to learn more about the area I am living in and the past that this great area has.

  7. Hello, my name is Anne Nelson and I am currently a first-year student but a Junior by credit. I am majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Anthropology. I have been fascinated by history and archaeology in particular since I was very young. As a child I set up my own archaeological dig site in my backyard where an old dairy barn used to be, and have wanted to be a part of a real excavation team ever since. I am always eager to learn about history, and what it can tell us about the past and the way we live today. I am also very passionate about the environment and sustainability. With the combination of Environmental Studies and Anthropology, I hope to examine the relationship between humans and our natural world and try to repair some of the many ways in which that relationship has been broken. Participating in this class will give me a better sense of how our relationship to the environment has changed historically, and how our current methods of research can be done sustainably.

    Having spent a large portion of my life outdoors, I am very comfortable digging and working outside for long periods of time in a wide variety of weather conditions. This summer, I will be doing an internship as a naturalist at Interstate State Park which will give me experience in public communication, and a background in local history as well as both environmental and cultural preservation. Working at Interstate will add to my knowledge of glacial formation and geology. It is located along the St. Croix River and has many interesting geological formations such as potholes formed by sand and powerful glacial waters. This knowledge would be useful in identifying geological features and soils when digging.

    I would love to be a part of this class because I think that working with other students from a variety of disciplines will lead to a more comprehensive study of Hamline history, and we will be able to learn valuable information from each other. I believe that history is an incredibly important tool that helps us to understand ourselves and make change in the future. The opportunity to uncover history hands-on fills me with excitement and fascination. In doing Archaeology, we can preserve both cultural heritage and the environment, and learn more about the ways that they are connected. In this class, I will be able to contribute my knowledge of natural resources to examine the geological, botanical, and ecological features of the excavation area. I would also like to work on creating sustainable research and excavation methods that are both effective in conducting research and are minimally detrimental to the surrounding natural area.

    I am very excited by the non-traditional learning experience of this class, and the opportunity it provides to work outdoors and across disciplines. I am willing to work ceaselessly and research thoroughly because this is something that I really care about and want to present in the most accurate and engaging way possible. I am very observant, patient and detail oriented, so I believe I will adapt well to the gradual and thorough process of archaeology. Overall, I am extremely excited about this opportunity and hope to be able to contribute to this incredible project in the fall.

  8. My name is Nolan Schoonveld and I am a finance major and student-athlete at Hamline. Currently finishing junior year, I have been able to take classes in many different areas and have been opened up to the world of environmental studies. Although math and numbers have been my forte, I have always taken an interest in the grasses and soils around me as I have been a baseball player who has taken care of and played on many different fields. I am interested in taking this class because I have an interest in owning my own baseball field one day and really want to know more about the grasses and soils that are around me to make the baseball fields I play on flourish. My sports background keeps me committed to learning and taking a genuine interest in my tasks that I have a passion for, with a constant attitude for greatness I choose to take my academics and my athletics very seriously. I think being a senior next year and keeping a broad range of classes and interestes will help me bring an enthusiasim and excitment to the class.

  9. My name is Hannah Hensley. I am majoring in Anthropology with a focus in archaeology and will be a junior in the fall. I took the archaeology field school last summer and continued to do fieldwork throughout the rest of the summer. I will be continuing fieldwork this upcoming summer as well. My experience in excavation and artifact recognition will contribute to the class.

    Fieldwork is something I enjoy because of the excitement of finding things, as well as the physical labor. Being able to continue this through the fall semester would be really enjoyable. The experience will also help me to continue to develop my skills in the field as well as in work in the lab.

    Although I don’t know much of the history of Hamline Campus, I would love to know more. Taking this class would give me the opportunity to learn about the history in a way that I could not achieve anywhere else.

  10. Hello, my name is Emma Denotter, I am a sophomore at Hamline looking to double major in Criminal Justice and Anthropology. I’m very interested in both the criminal justice and political system, but I’ve always had a deep interest and love of history, Archaeology, environmental studies, and the outdoors. I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin so I’ve spent a lot of time outside, and I’ve especially spent a lot of time digging in soil (usually to plant something though), I also really miss getting to go outside to do things similar to this. I am interested in this class because I really want to be able to learn more about Archaeology outside of a classroom, and be able to learn more about the history of the places around me. I’m also interested in this class because it combines some of my favorite parts of my current Introduction to Anthropology class and my Environmental Studies class. I would love to be able to contribute knowledge I have of history and Anthropology, but also how much I love to learn about these things to expand my knowledge and others. I also enjoy doing research and want to be more involved with the Hamline community.

  11. My name is Mark Hager and I am a first year here at Hamline. I intend on majoring in Legal Studies and Psychology, but I also have a great fascination for history and I am intrigued about the prospects of learning the stories behind the community around Hamline.

    The entire idea of this class jumped out to me as exciting immediately when I saw it. It is such a cool idea to conduct archaeological studies and link them to the history of the area. I’m sure there are a lot of remarkable things waiting to be uncovered. This class is also unique in the fact that it allows for a lot of hands on learning and work outside of the classroom. It’s much easier for me to be enthusiastic about this type of studying. I know this a class I will look forward to. That experience with labs and fieldwork is something I’m anxious to learn and get involved in. I’ve always enjoyed studies like this and the excitement of finding new things through my work.

    I think that the stuff we find will be especially interesting. That’s really why I want to take this class. I want to expand my knowledge of the history of our community and I can think of no better way to do so. The subject matter is also very appealing to me. I love knowing the obscure history behind things and finding out stuff that most people would never know.

    I have a lot of experience with and prior knowledge of history already, which will be useful in providing context for anything we find. This class will help me to dive deeper into that knowledge and broaden my understanding even further. While I don’t have any previous experience with digging, I am a fast learner, especially when the topic intrigues me.

    I’m also wondering what possible legal ramifications there are with digging in this area. Surely there is some law against excavating just anywhere. I’m interested to know the specifics of that. There are also likely restrictions on certain things we can and cannot do with what we find.

    All in all, I’m very excited about this class. The whole concept is really fun and interesting. I cannot wait to get my hands dirty and see what we can find.

  12. Hello! My name is Avery Marshall and I will be the TA for Excavating Hamline History this fall. I am currently a Junior majoring in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology and a Gender Studies flex minor. My personal focus within Archaeology is currently on pre-contact Minnesota sites and their lithic assemblages. I’m also interested in the systems and attitudes around trash and subsequently, environmentalism, space and identity, power structures and their manifestations, and so much more!!

    I took this class in the fall of 2016 as to expand my foundation in anthropology and unexpectedly fell in love with archaeology. Two years later, I am fully invested and growing in the discipline and its methodology. The sense of community in the work and goals of the course were such positive experiences for me and I look forward to continuing that with this class! The bridging of interests and perspectives in this class lends itself to the broader understanding of our campus (and neighboring) community identities, space, and place– which are three of my favorite things to consider.

    Beyond my passion for learning a landscape’s past narratives and how they shape today, I absolutely love fieldwork. I am excited to spend six hours a week outside excavating and doing lab work to create new layers of understanding in our neighborhood.

  13. My name Is Sarah Langaard, and I am a Jr this semester, on track to graduate a semester early, making my graduation in the fall of ’18. I am a public health major, with a wide array of interests. I have a background and passion for the health and well being of women and children. I have a wonderful opportunity this summer to be an intern at Allina Health, working in the Community Engagement center, where I will be program manager for the upcoming and present campaigns that are helping better the lives of people.

    I work very well with people because I have a genuine interests in the well being of people, and a true interest in someones background and history. I think I will be able to contribute greatly to a class like this because a main focus within the public health community is having a deep understanding about where someone comes from, and to never blame someone for their circumstance. A lot of health issues are blamed on the individual for not eating right, or not having enough physical activity incorporated in their day, when those accusations are never based on a persons situation. 1/3 of Americans aren’t obese because they choose to eat McDonalds every day, they are obese because they live below the poverty level, and can’t afford to buy healthy and sustainable food for themselves and their families. Intersectionality is an important term in understanding a person deeper, which means to look at a person holistically, instead of judging someone on their outside appearance. A class like this will allow me to learn about the history of the community I have chosen to live in for the last 3 years, which will potentially further my knowledge on where people come from, and why they ended up in St. Paul.

    I also think putting myself in a non-traditional learning experience will really excite me in learning about a topic I’ve never studied before. Hands on experiences always excite me, because it makes the topic that is being learned more realistic, and relative. It will be very cool to learn about this diverse community, and see if I can connect my learning and background to the archeology and history of this community.

  14. Hi, my name is Robert Northrup and I will be starting my senior year in the fall. I am a sociology and social justice double major, focusing primarily on institutional inequality and systematic oppression. In particular I have been extremely interested in understanding the systems of capitalism and white supremacy. While much of my academic work has been focused rather firmly in sociological theory, I have great interest in all aspects of the social sciences, and in particular anthropology. I had originally entered Hamline university planning on pursuing either socio-cultural or linguistic anthropology, but was ultimately swayed toward sociology department due to a variety of reasons. That said I still am very interested in anthropology and wish to continue my relationship with the department.

    Last semester I took the lab techniques class and got my first exposure to actual archaeology, and gained a much greater understanding of the importance of material culture. I enjoyed being able to really be in contact with the things that I was studying. It was not just simply seeing and touching artifacts, but also cleaning and measuring them that really made a connection for me. I am very interested in seeing the way that these artifacts come to be in the lab, as this would further help my understanding of the actual process and discipline of archaeology.

    While I am not very well trained in this field, I do have much interest in learning more about archaeology. I also feel I that could contribute another perspective to this project as it is a research endeavor. I feel that my background in social justice and sociology will bring a more socially aware sense to this project and I will be able to keep a critical eye over the implications of the research.

  15. My name is Elaina Tueffel, and by the fall I will be a junior here at Hamline. I am a double major in Anthropology and Religion with high interest in learning about people. I’m the student leader on HUMM (Hamline University Mindfulness and Meditation), so I’m very comfortable working with others in groups, or even one on one. It has also given me skill in organizing events.

    I have personal experience with art skills, as I enjoy to paint and take pictures in my free time, so I’d be able to sketch items that we may find as well as use my camera to document the items visually. I have no problem using my new-age Polaroid camera to get immediate prints of the shots we have, if that is something we may be interested in. Ever since I was a child, I would dig things up in our yard, and I’ve always asked questions about nearly anything I can because I love to learn. My parents would buy me Smithsonian kits, so I could do synthetic digs even before I realized the significance of them.

    I’ve taken a course from Matt Sumera where I was in charge of creating my own final project; I created my own plan of action to take on extended research. I’m very good at being a leader in a group, but I also have the skill to take a step down in order to follow someone else. Something that I have been known to do is take any work that I have been given and going above and beyond. Even in my everyday job at a bookstore, or in the summer at a greenhouse, I will take on tasks that people expect to be done at an average pace. My own personal standards are higher than average, and I will put all of myself into whatever I am doing at the time to get things done. No matter the task, or the speed of doing said task, I never lower the standard of quality.

    Things that I would be interested in contributing to projects, aside from drawing and photography skills, include organizing our individual works online, through our Google Docs, and photos of items through Drive to share publicly within the class. This way, we could make sure that we’re all on the same page about the items that we may have found.

    I’d absolutely love to take this class because I hope to go into Archaeology specifically, and I think that now would be a very important time to learn some hands-on skills. Especially so since a majority of the courses that I would like to learn from won’t be offered until my senior year, or after I graduate. I would enjoy to learn anything I can, more so about what was here in the years before we were. Aware that the majority of this land once belonged to indigenous people, who were forced out of their homes, I may be able to help identify – depending on where we go and what the time of the artifacts was – what the items may have been used for.

  16. Hello! My name is Chris Schaitberger, and I’ll be starting my Junior year at Hamline next fall where I am pursuing a degree Economics with a Minor in Mathematics. Although I don’t have much of it, in my free time I enjoy honing my baking skills and fiddling around with stringed instruments that I have no real idea how to play.

    This class peaked my interests because I really enjoy practical applications of my education. I look forward to doing more that just sitting in a lecture and doing homework. Being an Econ major, the majority of my classwork is just that. So I believe that this course would be a wonderful way for me to dip my toe into Hamline’s Anthropology and History programs as well as immersing myself into Hamline’s past.

    As for what I would bring to the class, I Love data. I have a good deal of coursework as well as applied skills in seeking out, organizing, and interpreting data. Although both this class, and archaeology itself are not familiar with me, I believe I would add an analytical lens to the class, as well as good means of organization and interpretation.

  17. Hello! My name is Abby Sprunger, and I am currently a junior. I am majoring in secondary education and social studies, with my concentration being in history. Currently, I am a part of Hamline’s McVay Youth Partnership, an after-school program for middle and high school students in the St. Paul area. I work with large and small groups of students, and I work closely with my team of fellows running the site.

    I am fascinated by this class because it gives Hamline students and the greater community a chance to piece together a story that had been buried. I love the idea of this dig partially being a public history project, and am passionate about teaching and learning more about local history. I am very excited about possibly working with students from Hamline Elementary, and getting them excited about finding history and learning about past cultures. I also think it would be awesome if we did a collaboration with the McVay Youth Partnership, which I could take the lead on while working with peers.

    Lastly, I am jazzed about the idea of hands-on learning, its something I would love to incorporate into my future classes as a teacher. I am excited to learn more about the different ways disciplines can connect during this project, and especially more about archaeology and the history of Hamline Village

  18. My name is Will Hoiseth and I am currently a junior here at Hamline. I am majoring in English with a minor in History. Needless to say, I have never been lucky enough to do anything quite like what this class offers. That being said, I think that my skills as a writer would be of use to any project that we end up turning in. I also would like to consider myself a physically active and strong person, so any and all “grunt” work that this project would entail would be right up my alley. I play basketball for Hamline so I feel like I have a firm understanding of what it takes to be a part of a succesful team as well. I promise to bring a positive, fun, and energetic attitude to every class and will consider myself extremely lucky if I’ll be able to take part in this unique educational experience.

    As far as why am I interested in this project, I can point to a wide variety of interests and personal connections. My Grandfather went to school at Hamline in the 40’s, so I feel some sort of personal historical connection on that level. I also live right in the neighborhood and have made friends with my neighbors who have lived here for upwards of 20 years. It would be fun to develop an even deeper connection to this place that I am lucky to call home. My final connection that really interests me in this archeological project is related to the amount oh historical sites I was lucky enough to visit growing up. My dad is middle-school history teacher and I have traveled quite extensively throughout my life. I have incredibly fond memories of climbing around and over a huge number of awesome historical sites, many of which had active digs still going on. For whatever reason, I can still remember seeing archaeologists dig up old pottery in a dig in Lvov, Ukraine when I was 5 or 6. I’m not sure why this memory stuck with me, but I can remember feeling particularly engrossed as I watched the archaeologists painstakingly reassemble some sort of pot for the better part of an hour. The opportunity to work on an actual dig is something that 6 year old Will would think is really cool. I guess I consider it my responsibility to try and live up to that excitement I felt as a kid.

  19. Hello! My name is Franny Eggan and I will be a senior in the fall of 2018. I’m a double major in English and Women’s Studies and I’m working towards becoming a doula! In my studies I’m especially interested in reproductive justice and politics. In the future I hope work in a nonprofit providing doula services to women and advocating for more accessible reproductive healthcare.

    I’m a member of Delta Tau Sorority here at Hamline and I serve as Recruitment Chair and PR Chair. These positions have given me the opportunity to connect with students and other organizations around campus. Delta Tau is also a philanthropic organization and so I’m well connected to the Hamline community through the service we do.

    In my various women’s studies and english courses I’ve worked directly with community members to discuss various issues surrounding the Hamline Midway, such as the construction of the MN United Stadium. The construction of the MN United Stadium revealed a lot of mixed opinions about the future of the neighborhood. It also revealed the ways the history of the neighborhood formed those community concerns and enthusiasm. Through this experience I was able to speak with city council members, leaders from local nonprofits, and business owners in the Midway. I’m intrigued in this class because of the community involvement it has and would love to explore Hamline’s history through these connections.

    I’m also interested in Excavating Hamline because we can learn so much from what people have left behind for us. I’m intrigued in learning about the lives of Hamline students and other community members in a way that will push me out of my comfort zone. This would be a new way for me to experience the Hamline community and share what it has to offer! Through this research about Hamline I’ll be able to recognize how Hamline’s past informs its future. With the construction of the MN United Stadium the Hamline-Midway will be changing rapidly with the arrival of new businesses, apartments and the increase in property tax. This will also create changes on Hamline’s campus! I think it is a valuable opportunity to look back on the changes Hamline has already experienced, the people who experienced it, and what the outcomes of it were.

    In addition to my interest in Excavating Hamline and love for community I also enjoy working with groups and sharing ideas with my peers! From what I’ve seen in the comments above everyone has something new and exciting to add to the conversation. I love collaborating, planning, and executing ideas with my peers because everyone finds a way to connect their knowledge and create something rich and interesting. This class is a great opportunity to connect across difference and share compelling ideas!

  20. My name is Kayla Malmgren and I am a first year anthropology major. I am vice president of the Knit Wits club at Hamline and do well with the responsibilities involved. I am particularly interested in both biological anthropology and archeology. I find local history to be incredibly fascinating and like exploring the cities going to historical sites and the like. The 2016 site sounds like it was a very interesting project and would love to be a aprt ot whatever this years project is.

    The hands on aspect of this class is really intriguing to me and I think I would be a good participant because I enjoy being involved and doing hard work that will pay off in the long run. Learning archological and excavation techniques is something that I would really like to do, that I think would help me with my future anthropological career.

    Thank you for the consideration!

  21. My name is Wail Eltag, I am entering my final year at Hamline University pursuing a Degree in marketing and communications. My interest includes staying involved on campus. I currently hold a leadership position as Marketing Coordinator for Programming Board (HUPB) My Responsibilities include

    Promoting on and off-campus events such as the Fireball formal
    • Through social media
    • Blog posts
    • Oracle ads
    • Campus tabeling
    • Cross-promotion collaboration between other school organization.

    I am driven by results, my marketing attempts assisted the HUPB team to achieve a record-breaking 585 tickets sold making it the highest grossing Fireball dance to-date.

    If chosen, I plan on creating and maintaining a social media presence for our class in the fall. Documenting all of our classes’ archeological endeavors through fun pictures and videos in the form of a nice and cohesive blog that can be used as a reference for years to come.

    I believe this public blog will give the Hamline community colorful look into all the fun things we’ll be working on through the duration of the semester. Making Excavating Hamline one of the most desired courses on campus for future students.

    As a marketing student, creative problem solving has been second nature to me and I believe that my hard work and dedication make me be a perfect candidate for this non-conventional educational experience this fall!

    If you would like to learn more about me, Check out my website!

  22. My name is Garrett Heckman and am going into my senior year at hamline as Psychology major, with a philosophy minor and potentially an anthro minor. I have taken multiple anthro courses and have a distinct interest in cultures and archaeology. I also spend my spare time reading and cooking.

    As for my class contribution, due to my course work in psychology I do have both experience collecting and analyzing statistical data as well as formulating and executing research. Due to both my psych and anthro coursework I have experience examining and determining social and psychological behaviors and look forward to doing so through the examination of the artifacts.

    I would be most excited to be a part of this course as I see it as a way to develop my skills in practically using the knowledge we learn at hamline and beyond. I have always had a great interest in obtaining any and all information I could on a variety of subjects but I really want to be able to apply. This is what I am enthusiastic about and look forward to contributing.

  23. My name is Kimberly Hatlestad and I will be in my final semester at Hamline this upcoming fall. I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Business Analytics and Sport and Recreation Management. My interests include data analytics, history, and marketing events. I would like to take this class because I want an experience working on a truly interdisciplinary team, and learn from my classmates from different disciplines.

    Part of this course includes involving people from the local community and having a business background and taking courses related to marketing, I believe my greatest contribution to this class would be on the promoting and involvement side. My business analytics background will help me research and segment the populations that are most likely to get involved, as well as finding out the best ways to market the project to those segments.

    This course provides an experience like that of the real world and working with people from extremely different backgrounds and disciplines, and I believe that is priceless for post-graduation success. Being able to take both my interests in history, that I don’t often get to utilize in my major courses, and what I have learned during my time in the School of Business would be a dream for my final semester at Hamline.

    Thank you for your time and consideration!

    Kimberly Hatlestad

  24. My name is Hannah Peterson. I am a senior psychology major with business analytics and criminal justice minors. I am also hoping to graduate after my Fall 2018 semester. In addition to being a student at Hamline, I am on a research team with Professor Jillian Peterson. With this, we are studying people who commit mass shootings by looking at 50 different psycho-social variables. My hope is to be able to work with recently released felons by reintegrating them back into society to help decrease recidivism rates.

    My interests primarily include the ‘why’ in terms of peoples behavior and the mental health aspect. Examining a persons current and past environments can really help to understand who they are. Also, by focusing on their mental health and potential mental illness. This helps to understand the different experiences a person has and how it can affect their behaviors. I believe understanding the underlying cause of behavior is the best way to change it.

    I feel that my extensive background in research could be beneficial to this course. I can bring that knowledge in finding out more about the area we are digging and the history that it has had. The research experience has taught me how to find true information and sift through the unreliable sources. In addition, I have gained better self-discipline and proper distribution of time. With both my psychology and criminal justice background, I can incorporate the social science aspect of this interdisciplinary course.

    This course would be an amazing one to have on a transcript because of the diversity it would add. I am very driven to learn as much as I can with my time at Hamline and since I will be graduating, I think this course is a great final addition. I’m also very intrigued my the idea of a hands on class and would love to have the ability to go outside of the classroom and actually take our learning into the ‘real world’ and be able to apply it.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Hannah Peterson

  25. My name is Evan Bayer. I am finishing up my Junior year here at Hamline this spring. Next fall 2018, will be the start to my senior year. My major is Business management. I am currently a student athlete here at Hamline I play baseball. I am a type of person who loves to be in the outdoors and loves to do hands on jobs. In my free time my hobbies are hunting and fishing. Growing up in Wisconsin has had a big impact on that. Being from a small town (Prescott Wisconsin) my family and friends have influenced me to stay in the outdoors because that is what we do for fun. The past few summers my jobs have also included outdoor activity. Last summer I worked for a golf course where I was a grounds crew member. We did numerous projects involving landscaping and reshaping of gardens and things of that nature. Doing hands on jobs to me is easy and fun because I have been around them my whole life. This class has interested me so much because of what I have read on this blog and heard from others that a lot of the work we do in this course involves us being in the outdoors and doing hands on projects. The skills I would bring forth to this class are having the experience already of doing jobs similar to the projects we may be preforming in this class. As I stated earlier some of my hobbies are being in the outdoors and I would like to take this class because I think it would be awesome to intermix my hobbies and class because I haven’t had the opportunity to do that yet in my college career.

    Thank you for your time,

    Evan Bayer

  26. My name is Duncan Riley, and I am hoping to graduate next Spring. I am a history major with a psychology minor. Across my courses at Hamline, I have had the opportunity to work in groups to dig into and sift through historical documents and try to uncover the multiple potential layers of meaning and implications in them. Furthermore, not only have I had to work with classmates to understand documents, I have had to work with them to put them in context. For example, the Plan de Ayutla, as interesting as it may be, cannot be fully understood without understanding the political events in Mexico surrounding it. I think these analytical skills translate well to the archaeological focus of this class — it’s just it’s analyzing artifacts, not documents! I think I can bring to the class my training in the historical method in order to help analyze and contextualize our discoveries.

    A major reason I am interested in this class is an essay I wrote last Spring on the evolution of the social structure of the Mapuche people of southern Chile and Argentina in the periods before and after the Spanish conquest. While writing the essay, the main sources I was able to take advantage of were archaeological. This helped me recognize the important role that archaeology plays for historians. Without the archaeological evidence, most of the sources that would have been available to me were those from Spanish soldiers and officials. Thus, my essay, rather than being about the Mapuche people, would have only been about what the Spanish thought of the Mapuche, rendering them without a voice in their own history, Archaeology provides historical researchers with a way to recover, hypothesize, and add the voices of those persons and groups who have often been rendered voiceless by a lack of surviving written documents. As such, I consider archaeology of vital importance to the historical discipline, and I feel that I, as a student of history, should have some basic knowledge of it’s methodology.

    My ultimate hope is that through this class, I can strengthen and expand my research and critical thinking skills, which will serve me well no matter what direction in life I decide to take. I am also hopeful that working in the class, I might be able to be a part of the making of important discoveries, and giving a voice to the people and stories that the traditional historical narratives, so focused on written documents, tend to ignore.

  27. My name is Alexis Rivard, and I’m currently a senior. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Religion. I am hoping to graduate this upcoming fall semester. Archaeology, as many who wish to enroll in this course have said, has fascinated me for a long time. It is the more realistic version of treasure hunting, only better. It allows us to take the tiniest of hints and from that point, discover a world of other things. The interdisciplinary part of this course interests me the most, as it is something I love to explore personally. I love to connect many different aspects of life and circumstances to make a larger holistic picture.

    Part of what I do, and love to do in Psychology is to take into account many different parts to make a whole. I have largely practiced this, especially during the two research project I am currently running. We have to look at upbringing, socioeconomic status, person viewpoints, cultural differences and so on. All components are important, and every step in the process is equally important. I try to make connections to better understand and learn more about the whole. It is a yearly goal of mine to make some form of connection throughout the variety of classes I take, such as connecting Buddhism and the goalless-ness it requires to different types of therapy.

    Along with working as a whole, I have worked on sculpture metal pours, which requires dirty teamwork. I am never afraid to get dirty to make sure a task is done to the best of its ability. Dirty work does not mean messy work. When working with molds, one must be willing to measure out the proper chemicals and catalysts, be willing to dip your hands into a variety of substances to clean and maintain the equipment, and still finely retain the intricate pattern pressed into the stone. Mold building is a team effort though. Every person needs to work well together, trust each other, and not be afraid to ask for help. I would love to participate and fully contribute to this course throughout the processes of the actual dig, as well as the research that goes into the findings afterward. Mostly, I’d love for the chance to combine the two into an entire story about Hamline. I hope you consider allowing me into this exciting class!

  28. My name is Aimee Keenan. I will be a Senior in the fall and I am a Creative Writing major specializing in fiction with an English minor. I am currently a Transfer New Student Mentor and a Kindergarten tutor over at Hamline Elementary, so I get to work with a lot of different kinds of students learning to collaborate and adapt to each other’s learning styles and experiences.

    I am great at written and verbal communication. Being a creative writer, I pay special attention to detail when writing and even just in everyday life because as a writer that’s where you draw your words and ideas from. I think I would be a good resource for documenting this project and perhaps helpful with collaborating with a presentation team as I have experience working with others and even being in a leadership role. I am also a quick-study when it comes to new technologies and new concepts in general. I am an excellent problem-solver and enjoy figuring out new ways to do things.

    While my major would indicate that I am more into the neat and orderly paper aspect of things, I love doing an array of activities, especially in hands-on environments where I get to learn new skills and work with a variety of people. I enjoy challenging myself and developing skills across the board. I hope to be a professor one day and my goal is to bring something new to the field that could help integrate the traditional learning aspects with less conventional ones.

    I have always had many interests, but I have focused on creative writing as a major because I can cross the barriers between my interests. Being a writer entails collecting experiences and observing life to create worlds with our words. I think this project is really exciting because we are literally rebuilding our own world and history from the things we will recover during this class. I think that is the aspect of archaeology that has always interested me the most. The results of this project, in a sense, will create a narrative about the history of our community and I really hope to be a part of that!

  29. My name is Andrea Valdez-Correa and I am currently a sophomore. I am a criminal justice and anthropology double major. I am interested in the social justice aspect in community work and I strongly believe that archaeology is part of that pathway. We are able to connect to different people in our community and learn vital perspectives or information to allow us to create positive change. During the summer of 2017, I participated in a burial recovery that has become an important experience for me. I was able to conduct archaeological fieldwork that I know for sure will help me contribute to the Hamline history project. This includes effectively identifying archaeological materials from different time periods, working in a team with individual skills, and being culturally sensitive. I have also taken the archaeology lab techniques course in the fall of 2017. This course has helped me sharpen my skills in identifying a variety of materials, analyze their characteristics to further generate data, and effectively approach research questions to guide the study. With this experience, I believe I am capable to contribute appropriately to the project. By taking this course, I will be able to develop my archaeological knowledge to successfully participate in community efforts and foster important perspectives.

  30. Hi Brian, it’s Trysta! As of right now I am of junior status and I’d really like to take this class. My major is Anthropology with a minor in Biology. I definitely love learning about history and connecting with the past. Even though I am physically limited in a lot of heavylifting, it doesn’t mean I won’t work hard on excavating. I have only done one burial recovery in the past so I feel that this class can help give me more experience and help me to my full potential. I have experience also in identifying and analyzing artifacts and categorizing them correctly. Because my interest is geared more towards archaeology, I hope that this class will be able to teach me the necessary skills I need for my future career (curator) which doesn’t deal with hands-on excavation as much, but I believe the more experience the better. I feel my vast knowledge of anthropology and biology could benefit the class and other students as well.

  31. My name is Abdiqani Noor I am a fourth year History major. Being a History major implores us to be deeply analytical and bring fourth to our peers in discussion what we discover after reading and studying.This skill is uniquely suited for a course like this due to the intensive collaborative work we must do where communication is key. Moreover, archaeology is a subject i am most fascinated in. I have purchased several books that require you to look through the lens of an anthropologist or an archaeologist. Sticks, Stones, and Shadows by Martin Isler analyzes ancient Egyptian structures with very elaborate illustrations that are meant to demonstrate how those structures and artifacts were used during that time. It is reminiscent of some of the work I’ve seen on this blog and looks like a lot of fun. I believe this class would be a great opportunity for me to learn more about my University’s history while working with my peers in a great effort.

  32. Hello!
    My name is Kristina Remus and I am approaching my Junior year at Hamline University. I am focusing my studies on Anthropology, and specifically Archaeology. Material culture will be my evident focus, as I expand my education.

    Ever since I attended my first seminar with Skip Messenger at just 16 years old, I knew Anthropology was the broad, rich discipline I wanted to contribute my ideas to. Truly understanding individuals and civilizations of the past allows us to imagine what everyday life might have looked like, as well as relate these ancient aspects to our daily endeavors. Last semester, I took Archaeology (thanks Brian!) and was posed with many interesting ideas about material culture and how this contributes to our ideas of human condition. This course truly magnified my “curiosity thought process”, and allowed me to think critically about the performance of Archaeology as a whole. I’m interested in understanding how past Hamline community members may have lived, and how their world left an impact on the Archaeological record.

    As a committed student with a craving for deeper knowledge and education, I feel I have many skills I can contribute to this course. I have background in Geology courses, and I would love to share my knowledge about soils, cross-sections, rock types, etc.
    I have taken a variety of classes that have aided my education here at Hamline University, and the majority of them have been concerning Anthropology. I’m currently enrolled in Paleopathology and Ancient Civilizations of Middle America, and they both have intensified my passion.
    Although this would technically be my first professional hands-on excavating experience, I feel this course would properly allow me to develop my passion for Archaeology through physical work and intensive questions. (Especially considering this is my intended career path)

    I’m from International Falls, MN. Voyageurs National Park has been a large part of my life since birth, and I’ve experienced a variety of Archaeology seminars and informational activities provided by the NPS. As well as this, I intend to be employed by the National Park Service this summer, where I will hopefully gain some hands on experience to properly contribute to this course. As well as being knowledgeable in the field, I also consider myself to be a great communicator, a successful encouraging teammate, an engaged learner, and a passionate Hamline student.

    Taking this course is important to my education because history, material culture, and Archaeology all intersecting is something that sparks my inner Anthropologist. The sheer age of the University’s campus has always been an exciting aspect of my attendance here, and learning more about such would not only increase my school spirit, but allow me to broaden my intellectual horizons.

    Considering my Geology, Archaeology, and National Park Service background, I feel I have crucial knowledge I can contribute to this course. My interest in material culture may allow me to provide a new perspective on our excavation site, and the possible objects the class may uncover. In Archaeology last semester, we ended the course with writing a professional Grant. This provided me with crucial information concerning field research methods and how to perform them. Besides this professional experience, a hobby of mine if brushing up on campus history. I work for our Admissions Office, where I’m also required to know dates & information, and I could provide our classroom with knowledge of such. Contributing my ideas to this intensive, non-traditional education experience would be an honor. Out of this course, I hope to absorb bright ideas from other students of many different backgrounds, whether it be Digital Media Arts majors or History majors.

  33. Greetings, my name is Evan Hulick. I am currently a sophomore at Hamline University and undecided in my major, but I have always had a fascination for the geological and anthropological studies. In addition to this, I am enjoying a lot of creative writing or just writing in general recently and would be overjoyed to be able to write about something I am actually interested in! The sciences are really special to me and ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to be involved. Hopefully this class will give me an opportunity to branch out in my writing and my love for the sciences. Getting into field work is also not a problem for me and the experience will be a great pairing to my Intro to Anthropology class that I am taking this coming semester too. I’d love to lend my energy and drive to a project that will really get at the meat of what anthropology is as well as my writing experience. While I don’t have many credentials for this type of class, I am willing and actively want to work hands-on in order to learn about the world around me. It is the most fascinating place and to learn more about it through an experience like this would be amazing.

  34. My name is Lilly Warner, and I’m going to be a sophomore next fall. I’m currently undeclared, but I came into Hamline knowing that I wanted to study Anthropology. I’ve always had an interest in history since I was really little, beginning with an obsession with Ancient Egypt at age 6 or 7. I knew I wanted to do something with history well before I knew what the terms archaeology or anthropology were. Starting in middle school, I began to volunteer at a museum near my hometown giving tours, something I still continue with when I’m home. I quickly became one of the digital archivists and the go-to technology interpreter for the older volunteers. My sister and I created kid-friendly activities in order to keep their interest while touring, and organized several Children’s Day events at the museum. Alongside this, I’ve been a nanny for four years, and this background gives me a decent insight into the minds of children. I can make an educated, though perhaps not the most thorough analysis of behaviors of children, and how they can impact the people around them.

    My high school experience was widely varied and fairly intensive. It is my belief that I have a strong foundation of information that would serve me well in this class. I have a good basis in basic Chemistry, English, and History, alongside the broad Introduction to Anthropology course my high school offered. I took the course my junior year, and in my senior year, I was the primary teacher’s assistant for that course. I was able to help create the exams, grade them, and help teach and guide struggling students through the course.

    Here at Hamline, despite being here only two semesters, I’ve taken several Art History and Anthropology courses. I feel that these courses allow me to be able to offer to the class a perspective based on an analysis of cultural materials in the context of their history. Although I’ve never had any formal experience or training with Archaeology, (although I did a lot of digging in the dirt as a kid), I feel that this course would allow me to develop the skills needed for field research, and decide if this is a career path I want to further develop my interest and skills in.

    I possess strong leadership and organizational skills developed in Girl Scouts and I enjoy working within a team. Although I’m not a St. Paul native (I’m from the western suburbs near Lake Minnetonka), I have a good idea of the history of St. Paul because of my family and friends, although I’d like to learn much more. This course appears to allow me to develop those interests. I’m also fairly handy with all sorts of tools.

    Taking this course as a younger student means that I have a greater time to apply what I learn in this course to my studies afterward, and to continue to learn about whatever details or historical occurrences happen to pique my interest during this course.

  35. My name is Elizabeth Hamilton, but I’ve started going by Eli in my college years. I’ve graduated from Fridley High School and am currently going into the anthropology field with a forensic aspect. Mainly, I just love bones and I’d love to work with them. When I was younger, I was captivated by old movies showing massive ancient creatures, long dead and fossilized, along with ancient civilizations. For a while, I dug around in my elementary and middle school days to learn more on the mythology of ancient civilizations. And, for a short period, I was known as ‘the mythic nerd of the library’, as I would mainly be found in said library, sharing what knowledge I had to people I thought would find it just as cool as I did.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m still fascinated by ancient civilizations and creatures, along with folklore and myth, but as time grew on, I began to ask myself, ” Well, how did all this exactly happen then? Why aren’t they around anymore?” and it was off putting when my teachers in high school couldn’t answer me.
    Until I entered the PSEO program that is.
    One of my first PSEO classes was on the Ancient Maya, and I mainly took it because, one it seemed simple, and two, as a high school student just starting PSEO, I really wanted to make sure I picked a class that would not just introduce my to college expectations, but prepared me for the likely future. The added bonus for me was, it was an ancient civilization class!
    Skip taught it, as I recall, and he made it seem so…alive!
    I was encaptivated by the lecture. And I truly believe that, his teaching alone, is what drew me into anthropology as a major.
    I got to learn so much new information in regards to the ancient maya that I had no idea were a thing. Like Bloodletting, the ritual of blood through self sacrifice and human sacrifice.
    I was so in awe from that religious ritual, that I made my final paper in that course on it.
    And when it came to artifacts and describing “what could be the origin besides myth” I got to use my scientific knowledge in a captivated way. It was like all I learned was coming together into one glorious explosion of linked knowledge and, I tell you, that’s a pretty amazing feeling when you literally feel everything fit together like a puzzle!

    I’m going to major in anthropology, with a forensic certificate and a minor in biology. Why a minor in biology? Well, originally I was going to double major but then I saw the requirements for it and…well, even though I’m a bit of a biology nerd, I adapted so I could still have a biological background without having to stress over double majoring.
    In fact, at this moment, I am nearly there with my minor and certificate, along with my major! Just a few classes left here and there. The most difficult thing though is choosing which one to take! They all look so fascinating! Not bad for a sophmore. Thanks PSEO!

    The reason I would like to take this class would be to gain experience in excavating sites. Since I’m hopefully going to be working with bone/bone matter in my future, forensically or anthropologically, I’d like to have an idea on how to properly handle a site, how to excavate it, etc.
    I recall in the Intro. course that sketches are a MUST, along with recording all you see in great detail. And to be honest, I’m a little curious on what we could find in the area around Hamline.
    Contribution wise, I could offer ideas on “how this got here” or “likely origin”, but to be honest, as a first archaelogical course, I don’t really know what to expect in regards to taking the course.
    I assume that the projects will be presenting your finds along with your data, how you came to your conclusions, etc. But I do know this. Should this be a team project, or individual, I will give 110% in the work.
    All in all, I can’t wait to be apart of this class and experience. And I can’t wait to work alongside someone, who is apart of this field and is willing to share his knowledge on the subject.

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