Hands-On Learning

Anthropology at Augustana University

Get your hands dirty.

Dr. Hannus has recently overseen completion of the Archeodome, a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village (a national landmark and National Register site) located in Mitchell, South Dakota. Working at this center, you will focus on interpreting the lifeways of prehistoric horticultural village groups in the Northern Plains region and get excellent opportunities for additional learning experiences. There are literally millions of artifacts already recovered from the site and millions more that remain to be excavated, processed and interpreted.

The alliance between the anthropology department at Augustana University and the University of Exeter in England opens the door to many opportunities to participate in hands-on research, both in the United States and abroad. Each summer, students from Augustana and the University of Exeter participate in summer field school in the Archeodome.

Watch Primitive Art class students create Archaic Shamanism masks

Upon entering the anthropology department, you will be immersed in the experience of thousands of years of the human cultural past. The Archeology Laboratory, where the anthropology department is housed, is a self-sustaining business with experience in the survey, testing and excavation of historic and prehistoric sites covering the breadth and depth of the Northern Plains. It also serves as an important resource for the study of anthropology at Augustana.

In museum methods classes, working closely with the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery on campus, students assist in the planning and design of small museum exhibits: lighting and assembling display material, preparing the exhibit catalog and producing advertising.

With so many options, our dedicated faculty work hard to tailor the course of study to your goals as a student.

More about real-world experience through the anthropology department.