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National forest agreement funds anthropology student work

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Sobel, associate professor of anthropology at Missouri State University, received $5,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to continue a project in which MSU students help manage the Trail of Tears running through the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

Under Sobel’s guidance, MSU anthropology students and recent graduates will help the National Forest manage the Trail of Tears in Missouri by producing a brochure interpreting the Benge Route in the Poplar Bluff Ranger District and preparing an inventory and condition assessment of interpretive Trail of Tears materials currently available in Missouri. MSU will use the National Forest Service funds to cover travel costs and to hire anthropology students to conduct some of this work.

“This project forwards the goals of the Missouri State anthropology program, including the applied anthropology master’s program, by providing students with training and employment in applied anthropology,” said Sobel.

The project will be carried out in spring 2014, and will assist the National Forest while providing excellent applied anthropology experience for the MSU participants.

For more information, contact Sobel at (417) 836-5145.


The Mark Twain National Forest Heritage Program of the US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture is cooperating with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MSU to accomplish archaeological projects related to compliance with Sec. 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The goal of the Heritage Program is to protect significant cultural resources and share their values with the American people.


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