Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall, Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371

Midwest Archaeological Field School

Oakland University Midwest Archaeological Field School (MAFS)

The OU Midwest Archaeological Field School (MAFS) teaches students how to conduct pre-field historical and environmental research, archaeological survey and excavation, artifact identification, and laboratory processing.  A central goal of MAFS is to engage in community outreach by highlighting the rich archaeological heritage of southeastern Michigan, providing a public service and simultaneously educating students.

The Oakland University College of Arts and Sciences has provided generous support for MAFS and the through the Community Engagement and Student Success Funding Programs.

The Past-to-Future Partnership Initiative

This program invites students with Junior or Senior class standing to become part of a community-based, service-learning opportunity.  We partner with local school districts to offer faculty-recommended high school students access to archaeological field training, giving them a community-based practical research experience rooted in the environmental and social sciences.

About the Principal Investigator (PI)

Dr. Jon W. Carroll, Ph.D., is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) who specializes in the archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands of North America.  He is currently researching the use of remote sensing drones in the Near East, Europe, Africa, and North America, and is an FAA-licensed drone pilot.