Topic ID #39341 - posted 3/31/2018 1:35 PM

NMU 2018 Summer Archaeology Field School on Beaver Island, Michigan


Location: Beaver Island, Michigan (Lake Michigan Island)
Dates: May 20 - June 16
Join Northern Michigan University students and Great Lakes Archaeologist Dr. Scott Demel on Beaver Island, MI this summer as we explore the island's prehistory and early history. We will continue our excavations at the Late Woodland/Proto-historic/Mormon MPS-Isle du Castor site, survey and map Protar's farmstead (the island's first 'doctor'), and renew our search for the French fort. Learn archaeological survey methods and mapping skills, shovel testing and excavation methods, compass and GPS use, photography, and artifact analysis in a lab setting (evenings). 

Register for AN355 Seminar in Archaeological Field Methods (6 credits); estimated additional cost of $1350-1450 for 4 weeks of room and board, 3 meals a day, round-trip ferry ride, and island transportation to/from sites. We anticipate having limited scholarships available to some non-NMU students to help offset the fee (more information to follow on our web site soon).

The archaeology field school will be held for four weeks - May 20 to June 16. We will be staying in rustic cabins and/or dorms at CMU's biological field station on the island (beds, electric, hot showers; tent camp sites if you prefer), and we will enjoy our meals (3 per day) at the cafeteria. Connect via wi-fi in CMU's comfortable lounge area in the lodge, while looking out over Lake Michigan. Enjoy the island's diverse wildlife, swim, fish, kayak, snorkel, and explore the many historic sites (group outings included). For more information see NMU's Anthropology web site:

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Email Dr. Scott Demel:; or call 906-227-2843.


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