NMC to host archaeology field school June 13-26

TRAVERSE CITY — Continuing its reputation as a leader in archaeological education in the Great Lakes, Northwestern Michigan College will host an archaeology field school June 13-26 on main campus.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in either terrestrial or nautical archaeology to gain experience excavating and surveying historic Great Lakes sites. The field school will consist of instructional courses, supervised excavation of an early historic homestead, and archeological survey of an associated historic pier.

In partnership with North Central Michigan College, the first week of the field school consists of the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead (The Dougherty House) on Old Mission Peninsula and a guided tour of a major prehistoric site in the region. The second week consists of an introduction to foreshore and underwater archaeology along with the supervised survey of a contact period pier, located in the shallow waters of Old Mission Harbor.

Advanced students will have the opportunity to participate in the remote sensing survey of another area in Northport Harbor, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The goal of this survey is to locate the remains of several historic shipwrecks that are known to have occurred in this area.

In addition, a series of day-long specialty courses will be offered throughout the field school on topics including archaeological surveying, artifact typology, excavation, flint knapping, Native American settlement in northwest Michigan,and remotely operated vehicles. These courses are open to anyone. No previous experience is necessary.

A variety of tuition packages and on-campus housing is available.

For more details please visit: www.nasnmc.com

Release Date: February 24, 2016

For more information:

Dr. Mark W. Holley
Field School director/NMC anthropology instructor
(989) 307-9651


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