Anthropology Field Studies


NMU Archaeological Field School – Summer 2014 Beaver Island

AN355 - Seminar in Archaeological Field Methods will be offered this coming summer on Beaver Island, Lake Michigan. This is a 6-credit, 4-week course that includes field work and lab work. The exact dates are May 18 (departing Charlevoix on the 2:30 pm ferry) to June 14 (leaving the island at 11:20 am). 

Anthropology Faculty Fieldwork Update

Beaver Island - Mormon Print Shop & île de Castor Site. Test excavations occurred behind the old Mormon Print Shop (current home of the Beaver Island Historical Society) during the summer archaeology field school (2012); artifact analysis is underway from this multi-component site. Beneath the historic layers was an occupation horizon from the Late Woodland Period (ca. A.D. 900-1100), complete with pottery, stone tools, cultural features filled with fish bones, charred sand cherry fruit, and butchered beaver. This may have been a late summer or fall beaver hide processing station. Radiocarbon dates from two pieces of charcoal associated with pottery came in at 925 +/- 15 BP (ca. AD 1025) and 840 +/- 15 BP (ca. AD 1110).

Beaver Island - Cable's Bay Fishing Village. Survey and test excavations took place at this coastal site during the NMU summer 2010 archaeology field school and during the summer of 2011; artifact analysis continues. Research and results of analyses were exhibited in "Scattered To The Winds - The Vanished Community of Cable's Bay" which ran from April to September of 2012 at the Beaumier UP Heritage Center on NMU's campus. Portions of this collection may be exhibited at the Beaver Island Historical Society in the future.

Beaver Island - Burke Farm. Survey and test excavations took place at the Mormon and Irish farmstead during the NMU summer 2010 archaeology field school; artifact analysis continues.

Chicago Lakefront Archaeology Project – historic artifact analysis from excavations along the lakefront (ca. 1904-1921); analysis and preparation of publication continues.

Traditional Cultural Use Study - Blackfeet and Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and National Elk Reserve

Mormon Mountains Cultural Landscape Study - Recently, Professor Alex Ruuska was awarded a two-year grant to study linkages between the oral histories of Southern Paiute, Western Shoshone and Goshute communities with rock art of the Great Basin. The fieldwork component of this study will be conducted during summer and outstanding students may be selected to participate in this research.