Anthropology Graduate Student Campetti Awarded Great Lakes Research and Education Center Grant

Posted on 2/11/2015 3:55:52 PM

Casey Campetti recently received a $2,500 grant from the Great Lakes Research and Education Center for her project “Archaeological Field Testing of Late Archaic/Early Woodland Predictive Models, Isle Royale.”

This project is the subject of Campetti’s MA thesis in the Applied Archaeology program. She will be traveling to Isle Royale, Michigan, in summer 2015 to complete the field work. Prior to that, she will construct a GIS predictive model of Late Archaic (ca. 5,000–3,000 years ago) and Early Woodland (ca. 3,000–1,600 years ago) archaeological sites on the island. The field work will then test this model to determine if it accurately predicts the locations of sites. If the model is accurate, it will be useful for interpreting the behaviors and lives of Isle Royal’s prehistoric residents. This was the top-ranked proposal funded by GLREC.

Isle Royale is a national park that encompasses the entirety of the eponymous island, situated in northern Lake Superior. It is the third largest island in the contiguous United States, and is the home of many important archaeological sites ranging from Native American habitation and copper mining sites to 19th-century industrial complexes.

GLREC is a National Park Service research learning center. The role of the Research Learning Centers is to increase the effectiveness and communication of research and science results in national parks. They do this by facilitating the use of parks for scientific inquiry, supporting science informed decision making, communicating the relevance of and providing access to knowledge gained through scientific research, and promoting science literacy and resource stewardship.

Department of Anthropology