2017 Field School: The 42nd Annual Field School will be taking place during summer II. The dates for field June 29 through Aug. 18. Field school provides students with an opportunity to gain a hands-on experience in proper archaeological field techniques. These include excavation, site survey, wet screening, record keeping and mapping, as well as engaging in true public archeology. The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project is a collaboration between Western Michigan University and the city of Niles, Michigan, in partnership with community members.
2016 Field School: The 41st Annual Field School will take place summer II from June 30 through Aug. 19. Students will gain hands-on experience in proper archaeological field techniques, including excavation, site survey, wet screening, record keeping and mapping. The project is a collaboration between Western Michigan University and the city of Niles, Michigan, in partnership with community members. This course offers an opportunity for intensive study and public outreach.
Each field season, there are opportunities for the public to work with the field school students and staff. There are three sessions for the 2016 summer camps.
- Lifelong learners: July 15-22
- Teachers and students age 16 and up: July 25-30
- Middle school students (grades 6-9): Aug. 1-5
Summer lecture series
Four guest lecturers will be presenting at the Niles District Library during the 2016 field season. They will focus their presentations on this year's theme, "Flowing Through Time: Rivers in Historical and Archaeological Perspective."
This year's open house dates will be Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. Join us to see live site excavations and historical interpreters bring the past come alive.
2016 Fort St. Joseph newsletter
THE FORT ST. JOSEPH POST
Recent news about the ongoing research, projects and alumni of Fort St. Joseph.
VIDEOS OF PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY AT FORT ST. JOSEPH
- See how University students and the community benefit from archaeology at Fort St. Joseph.
- Watch what happens when middle school students get involved in the project and get ready to get dirty.
- Watch project activities from a first person point of view.