Bessey Survey


In September 2010 shovel testing was done in the area between the river and Bessey Hall, Computer Center and Ramp #2 on Auditorium before possible demolition or future construction in the area. It was thought this might be an area of prehistoric significance. Also was near the area where the band shell stood from 1938 to 1960. Historic material was found in 18 of the shovel test pits, revealing nails, brick, roof slate, window glass, bottle glass, coal, but no diagnostic artifacts.


  • Campus Archaeology Program

Items in the Bessey Survey Collection

This photo includes artifacts from the Bessey Hall survey conducted in 2010 by Terry Brock and Chris Stawski as part of Campus Archaeology. The artifacts include various pieces of whiteware pottery, nails, clear glass and a portion of brick.

Chris Stawski works on a shovel test pit during a 2010 survey of Bessey Hall.

This image is of the MSU Band Shell which was erected in 1938 by the Class of 1937, and was razed in 1960. Currently a historic plaque commemorates its location.