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UE Archaeology Students Undertake Unique Campus Project

Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Grounds Crew at the University of Evansville (UE) recently removed a tree located near the Koch Center, sparking an unexpected chain of events.

Archaeology majors undertook a unique project following the removal of a tree. They were inspired by their newfound knowledge of dendrochronology, and took it upon themselves to uncover the tree's age and leave an indelible mark on the stump.

In a display of academic curiosity and in a testament to the caliber of students at UE, they meticulously examined the tree rings, determining its age, and inscribed significant dates in UE's history on the stump. This impromptu project not only showcases the students' enthusiasm for learning but also their ability to apply acquired skills in unconventional yet meaningful ways.

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Stump being inscribed

"This initiative exemplifies the kind of students we attract to UE and highlights our commitment to providing them with skills and knowledge that extend beyond the classroom," said Dr. Alan Kaiser, Professor of Archaeology. "We take pride in fostering an environment where students feel empowered to explore and apply their learning in innovative ways."

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