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UM staff members and students participate in the 2016 Public Archaeology Day at Rowan Oak. Photo by Marlee Crawford/

Community Invited to Public Archaeology Day at Rowan Oak

UM students to discuss artifacts found at Faulkner’s home at Nov. 10 event NOVEMBER 7, 2018 BY JULES COOK   University of Mississippi archaeology students will get a chance to share their field work with the community when they host a Public Archaeology Day on Saturday (Nov. 10) at Rowan Oak. Free and open to all ages, […]


More than 2,100 Confederate soldiers are buried at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, and researchers believe about 10 Union soldiers are also buried there in unmarked graves. A UM team is helping lead a high-tech search for those soldiers’ resting places. Photo by T. Boudreaux

UM Team Scans Columbus Site for Unmarked Graves of Union Soldiers

Work begins this fall using advanced remote sensing technologies MAY 26, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi’s Center for Archaeological Research is using remote sensing technology to find unmarked graves of Union soldiers in a Columbus cemetery where some of the country’s first Memorial Day traditions began in the 1860s. UM researchers and […]


The artifacts, which span 10,000 years of native life in Mississippi, will be available for viewing throughout the summer. Photo by Marlee Crawford/Ole Miss Communications

Student-curated Exhibit Open at J.D. Williams Library

Display of artifacts spanning 10,000 years available for viewing through summer APRIL 25, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE University of Mississippi anthropology students have curated an exhibit of stone artifacts that are on display at the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit features a grasshopper effigy bead, arrowheads, chunky stones, axes and a ceramic human effigy from […]


These ceramic objects from UM’s Davies collection, dating back to 1400, were used by Native Americans in the Mississippi Valley. The objects are on display at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

UM Native American Artifacts on Display in New Orleans

Six pots from campus collection are part of the Historic New Orleans Collection’s exhibit APRIL 22, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology has loaned six ceramic vessels from its collection to The Historic New Orleans Collection for an exhibit about this region of the country. This is the first […]


UM Slavery Research Group Digs at Rowan Oak

Public invited to see progress on Rowan Oak excavations Oct. 15 OCTOBER 10, 2016 | BY CHRISTINA STEUBE A University of Mississippi research group and the Center for Archaeological Research are conducting an archaeological investigation on the grounds of Rowan Oak in a search for evidence of slave life. The public is invited to see the progress at the site Saturday […]


Retired Physician, ‘Patron of Archaeology’ Provides $100,000 Gift for Three Programs

Retired physician Dr. Van Robinson Burnham of Clarksdale passed on his love of archaeology and history to his family, as well as ensuring that others have the resources to explore and learn from these fields. “I’ve been planning to provide a gift to Ole Miss for some time now,” Burnham said. “This gift is meant […]


UM Expert Explores Unknown on PBS’ ‘Time Team America’

After more than 10 years of archaeological fieldwork, geophysics specialist Bryan Haley is used to the unusual. While on the job, he has had a run-in with armed looters, dined on roasted rodents in Belize and escaped from a cave as water rose during a thunderstorm. But recently, the Kentucky native encountered a new situation: working in front of a camera on PBS' "Time Team America."