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Fort St. Joseph Archaeology

2016 Fort St. Joseph Newsletter

Fort St Joseph Open HouseFort St. Joseph was a mission, garrison and international trading post occupied from 1691 to 1781 by the French and the British.

The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project began in 2002 and unearths more information every year!  There are several ways you can be a part of the Project:

  • Field School:  Be a part of the action!  Learn Archaeological methods and then join archaeologists at the dig site!

  • Summer Camps:  A week-long program for middle school and high school students, teachers, and life-long learners.

  • Annual Open House:  Experience history through this event with re-enactors, lectures, artifact displays, music, food and a look at ongoing excavations. 

For More Information on Field School & Summer Camp visit  More information can also be found in Western Michigan University's Newsletter.

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FSJ ProjectThe Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Project is a collaboration between the City of Niles, Western Michigan University, Support the Fort, Inc. and other community groups.

Western Michigan University and Fort St. Joseph

WMU archaeologists are working to unlock the secrets of this long lost, but not forgotten, frontier outpost of New France.  Our efforts are conducsted in partnership with the City of Niles, the Fort St. Joseph Museum, Support the Fort, Inc., and other community groups.  We look forward to seeing you in the field or at a future public venue.



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2016 Archaeology Open House Press Release


Michael Nassaney, Ph.DFSJ Camp
Principal Investigator, Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Program
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University's Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Program


WMU Fort St. Joseph
Booklet Series

The Fur Trade
The second book in the series, "The Fur Trade", is a valuable resource about the history and archaeology of the fur trade in our local region and in North America.  The richly illustrated text traces broad outlines in the North American fur trade, and focuses in on specific examples from the Great Lakes Region and the archaeology of Fort St. Joseph.

Women of New France
"Women of New France" was the first project in the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Booklet Series.  It looks at the roles, legal status, and everyday lives of women who lived in 17th and 18th-century New France.

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FSJ Artifact
Artifact from the Fort St. Joseph Dig Site

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