After exploring Fort Michilimackinac on Sunday, yesterday we went to Michigan State and had a tour with Dr. Lovis who is the archaeology professor. He showed us the basement where cabinets of artifacts are found and Professor Conell showed us some in the classroom. Also, we got a tour of Michigan State by Professor Conell where previous excavations took place. We then went to the Michigan Historical Museum where we learned a lot about artifacts, people, and culture during different time periods.
Today, we went to the Niles History Center and Fort St. Joseph. At the History center we learned about slavery and Indians such as Sitting Bull whose drawings are stored in the museum. We also got a tour of the Chapin Mansion and learned the background of the Chapin family and got to see their beautiful Mansion. At Fort St. Joseph we got a tour of the area and met up with Western Michigan archaeology students. We observed them excavating the Fort St. Joseph area and helped weed some tall grass for them since that is where their next excavation site will be.
We are having a great time on our field trips so far and looking forward to tomorrow at the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School and the Ziibiwing Cultural Center! (DC & KS)
After having some warm weather last week, both yesterday and today have been quite chilly and rainy. However, this does not stop us from excavating! We are trying to move our excavating a little more quickly as we are winding down on class days. However, we are finding some great artifacts along the way. Coolest artifact of the day goes to the group who found a whole piece of brick! Other artifacts we are finding are concrete, glass, styrofoam, nails, and many more. We are excited every day about what we might find and look forward to the last couple of days to excavate Old Main and make some awesome discoveries. (KS & DC)
Today was another great day of excavating! Our pit is down to 4inches and we found some great artifacts along the way. Our favorite artifact we found today was a huge chunk of charcoal. We found it on the side of one of our walls and it took us a little time to get it out since it was so big. We are excited about everything we are finding and will continue to find as the excavating goes on. (KS & DC)