Established in 2009, the Lawrence Archaeological Survey provides students opportunities to gain field experience in archaeology by helping local landowners and non-profit organizations identify and preserve archaeological sites. In recent years the Lawrence Archaeological Survey has focused on locating unmarked pioneer and institutional cemeteries using non-invasive geophysical techniques.
The Survey owns a Geoscan FM-256 differential gradiometer, a Geoscan RM-36 soil resistivity array, and a Geonics EM-31 soil susceptibility meter, providing a full suite of geophysical instruments for archaeological survey. The Survey also owns a full array of mapping instruments, including a sub-meter resolution Trimble GPS unit.
The Lawrence Archaeological Survey also conducts limited excavations, which have included large-scale testing at Bjorklunden prior to the original lodge's expansion and exploratory excavations to locate the 1857 Mount Carroll Female Seminary building in Mount Carroll, Illinois (below).