Fort St. Joseph
Summer Archaeology Camps sponsored by
Fort St. Joseph Museum and Western Michigan University
2013 Summer Camp Information
Archaeology Lecture Series Information Coming Soon
always wanted to
be an archaeologist!"
St. Joseph Archaeology
August 10 - 11, 2013
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
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.
Fort St. Joseph
Annual Report, 2012
Michael S. Nassaney, Principal Investigator
Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University
the Picture Below to see the Annual Archaeology Report
from the Fort St. Joseph Dig Site
Artifacts from Fort
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.