The Minnesota Archaeological Research Program (MARP) is a cooperative venture
of the Archaeology Department of the Minnesota Historical Society and the
University of Minnesota. The focus of the program is to provide high quality
education for students through active involvement in and as an integral
part of research projects.
An important element of the program is a unique archaeological training
opportunity called a "Practicum in Field Archaeology." This course
is offered during the spring quarter at the University of Minnesota. The
abbreviated archaeological field methods class, taken by students in Anthropology,
Classical Civilizations, Classics, and Art History, provides the basics
in preparing students for participation in MARP's research projects. These
projects currently involve research in Minnesota and Greece. Utilizing
the spring practicum as a base, students can participate in summer research
projects while earning college credit through the University of Minnesota
Global Campus program.
Updates about the progress of our research is available on our web pages.
You will also find information about future fieldwork opportunities from
our archaeology home page.
Research projects that are currently in progress include:
1) a survey of archaeological site distributions and excavations at the
Bronze Age palace of Nestor in the western Peloponnese, Greece
2) the "Morea" survey that focuses on vernacular architecture
in the western Peloponnese, Greece
3) excavations at an early 19th century American Fur Company trading
post near Minneapolis, Minnesota that also served as a formal archaeological
field school at the University of Minnesota
MARP integrates international archaeological research towards a more inclusive
understanding of the vast archaeological record. MARP researchers here
in Minnesota, as well as in Greece (and soon to be in India), are looking
at the origins of our heritage to provide a more inclusive research context
that is critical in avoiding a parochial perspective. As part of that research
we are striving to obtain a better understanding of the origins of the
cultures that are a part of those individuals doing the research. Thorough
this approach we can better understand differing cultural perspectives
and we will be able to better discern what biases we may bring to our interpretation
of other cultures.