UNI’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology (SAC) is contributing to campus history by conducting an excavation on the site where Latham Stadium once stood. After playing football for thirty years where Rod Library stands today, a new field and soon a new stadium were built by Hudson Road. Featuring an indoor track, batting cages and a radio booth, the West Stadium even served as a dorm—Stadium Hall—after World War II. This structure was torn down in 1976, followed by East Stadium in 1987 when the space was turned into a parking lot west of Schindler. Visit Rod Library's Special Collections O.R. Latham Stadium and Stadium Hall page for a more detailed history.
Why are we digging?
A dig on campus raises awareness that archeology sites are everywhere. An excavation demonstrates that campus histories can’t always tell the whole story of a university -- sometimes you have to dig to uncover the remnants of the past. This hands-on learning experience also provides students with the opportunity for developing the skills needed for their future careers.
How will we do it?
Excavation blocks are laid out over the area where the ruins of West Stadium’s foundation are thought to be. Excavation is done by hand with shovels and trowels while soil is sifted through screens to retrieve artifacts. Objects found in place are mapped and the soil studied to yield a better picture of what happened at O. R. Latham Stadium over the years.
Looking for more?
The links under the Dig UNI menu (also below) are updated with blogs and photos as the project progresses and also includes information from previous campus archaeology projects.