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 Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project

 "I always wanted to 
be an archaeologist!"




WMU's Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Newsletter "The Post" Summer 2014

NO Archaeology Summer Camps this Year. 
See you in 2015

Western Michigan University (WMU) and Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Nassaney coordinates the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project here in the city of Niles, Michigan.  The archaeological dig site is located at a mission, garrison, and trading post complex occupied from 1691 to 1781 by the French and British.  A major project goal of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project since excavation began in 2002 was to make archaeology accessible to the public.  Western Michigan University believes that the community whose history they are unearthing and interpreting should have the opportunity to learn about the project’s findings and even take part in the archaeological process.   Every year the project holds summer camps for middle school and high school students, teachers, and life long learners as well as a university level field school.  An annual open house features living history re-enactors, lectures, informational panels and displays, site tours, music, food, and ongoing excavations and has been attended by over 10,000 visitors since 2006.

Photos below are of the 2010 Archaeology Dig - Intern groups included high school and college students as well as teachers and professors from various institutions throughout Michigan. Back To Top

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project
Annual Report, 2013

Prepared by:
Michael S. Nassaney, Principal Investigator
Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University
December 2013

Click the Picture Below to see the Annual Archaeology Report

Scenes from the Fort St. Joseph Dig Site


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Artifacts from Fort St. Joseph

Left to right from the top: trade silver ear wheel, spoon-silver locket, crucifix, trade silver earring, gorget, cross with cut stones.  

Visit the museum to see many more artifacts and to learn about the on-going archaeological excavations at the site of Fort St. Joseph. 

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