The Missouri State University Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) is a research institute that conducts archaeological field work and other cultural resource management projects on a contractual basis. It primarily serves municipal, state, and federal government agencies. CAR also offers hands-on experience for students interested in careers in archaeology and is active in local archaeological and preservation societies. For more information on CAR activities and other subjects, explore the links to the left.
September Meeting, Ozark Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Place: Center for Archaeological Research
"Setting the Table in 19th Century St. Louis: Glass Tableware in the Archaeology of Domesticity and Consumerism"
by: Grace Gronniger, Missouri State University
Glass tableware was a common, durable, and heavily marketed household product during the 19th century and is common at historical archaeological sites.. However, historical archaeologists have not developed rigorous methods of gaining information from glass tableware artifacts. In an effort to remedy this, I created a system of analysis and used it to study glass tableware artifacts. In an effort to remedy this, I created a system of analysis and used it to study glass tableware from 19th centry residential sites excavated by the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2010 and 2011 in St. Louis. The results show the reasoning behind my method of analysis and a potential relationship between a household's socioeconomic status and its glass tableware assemblage. The results also indicate that this new method of glass tableware aalysis, expecially combined with the analysis of other type of tableware, can contribute to the historical archaeology of domesticity and consumerism.
October Meeting, Ozark Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Place: Center for Archaeological Research, 622 S. Kimbrough, Springfield, MO 65806
"Searching for an Osage Indian Hunting Camp"
by: Jack H. Ray
Center for Archaeological Research
In 1818-1819, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft made a Journey through the Ozarks (from Potosi to Springfield and back to Potosi) in search of lead deposits. Midway through his journey, Schoolcraft encountered three abandoned Osage Indian hunting camps in the valley of Swan Creek in Christian County. In May-June of 2016, the MSU archaeology field school tested a site on Swan Creek to determine if it might be one of the three hunting camps that Schoolcraft noted. The results of this field school will be presented.