michigan state university

Department of Anthropology

Examining pottery Examining design patterns on firmly-attached displays of ceramics, Madeline Island Museum.


Duane Quates, Martin Dohnal, Megan McCullen and Heather Mustonen at Saints' Rest


Huron Effigy Pipe from St. Ignace

Megan M. McCullen
Doctoral Candidate - Michigan State University
Advisor - Dr. Jodie O'Gorman

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Research Interests

Migration Studies, Group Identity Formation, Ethnicity, Eastern Woodlands and Great Lakes Archaeology, Ethnohistory, American Indian Studies, Public Education and Outreach.

My earliest encounters with archaeology were at my field school at the Iliniwek Village State Historic Site in Missouri. I became very interested in exploring the interactions of Native Americans and the French during the Sevententh Century. Since then, my research focus has developed into an examination of Native American migration during this period, and the implications of movement and resettlement on communities. My dissertation research focuses on the Western Huron/Wyandot migration from Ontario into the western Great Lakes. This research incorporates historical narratives and archaeological collections. As part of this project I have done collections-based research at Michigan State University, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Madeline Island Museum, the Huronia Museum and the Petun Research Institute. Archival work was performed at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, the Newberry Library and the Bently Historical Library.

Outside of my research, I have been extensively involved in education and outreach. My teaching experience includes several assistantships at MSU, along with two semesters as an Instructor at the University of Michigan-Flint.  Currently, I am a Trustee on the Board of the Michigan Archaeological Society, and a Board Member at the Nokomis Learning Center, an interpretive center with a focus on the Anishinnabeg (Ojibwe, Odawa and Potowatomi), where I was a staff member for several years. Additionally, I have given numerous public presentation and developed outreach materials over the course of my graduate career. I feel very strongly about incorporating public outreach into research programs, and try to make my archaeological research accessible to the public.

Additionally, I am active in Michigan State University's American Indian Studies Program and strongly support interdisciplinary conversations and research in American Indian Studies..  I have participated in CIC-AIS workshops and conferences, in addition to receving research fellowships from them. From Fall 2007-Spring 2009 I was the graduate assistant for the American Indian Studies Program at MSU.  I am a member of the Planning Committee for Michigan Indian Day, and I helped to coordinate Returning the Gift: A Conference for Native Writers. I am currently on the Coordinating Committee for the American Indian Studies Graduate Student Consortium, a web-based project facilitating education and networking of AIS graduate students and faculty across several Universities.

Archaeological Field Work

I have done field work throughout the United States including:

Recent and Upcoming Professional Presentations

Favorite Books of Late:

Most Recent Archaeological Board Game Discovery:

  • Expedition (1980)
    • This game would be great to play with an Anthropology Club or a small archaeology class as a fun break. All players must first roll a 1 or 6 on the die to 'get their excavation permit' and leave Cairo. The goal is then to earn enough Status Points to excavate and collect pieces of Egyptian artifacts. Most artifacts are parts of sets, and you gain points for completing sets, however this is difficult to do. The most entertaining parts of the game are the Expedition Cards, which give or take Status Points from your archaeologist for doing things like publishing articles on forgeries (-10), beating the British at a game of cricket (+5), or giving a presentation to a scholarly society (+10). The accuracy of these cards will hit home and amuse any archaeologist, but the jokes are only good once. Each artifact card has a detailed description of the artifact on it, making the game (potentially) educational..