• Floodplain site

    Main floodplain site where the students dig.

  • French Medallion

    French medallion found at the fort site in 2016.

  • Dr. Nassaney Teaching the students

    Dr. Nassaney showing the students how to look at different soil patterns. 

  • A gun side plate in the palm of a hand

    A fragment of a decorative side plate from a French trading gun

  • 2016 Field students and staff

2017 News

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.

2017 Field School Application

2016 News

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.

2016 Field school flyer

Summer camps

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

2016 Camper information

2016 Educators flyer

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."

2016 Lecture Series Flyer

Open house

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 Open house flyer

2016 Fort St. Joseph newsletter

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