2016 Nautical Archaeology Field School

Northwestern Michigan College to host Nautical Archaeology Field School in June 2016

Continuing its reputation as a leader in archaeological education in the Great Lakes, Northwestern Michigan College in partnership with North Central Michigan College will host an archaeology field school in 2016. This two week event will be held will be held on the main campus of Northwestern Michigan College between June 13th and June 26th. The field school will consist of taught courses, the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead and the archaeological survey of an associated historic pier. 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 landscape survey is to locate the remains of several historic shipwrecks that are known to have occurred in this area. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in either terrestrial or nautical archaeology to gain experience excavating and surveying historic sites in the Great Lakes region.

The first week of the field school consists of the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead (The Dougherty House) and guided tour of a major prehistoric site in the region. The second week consists of 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. A series of day-long specialty courses will be offered throughout the field school on topics such as: archaeological surveying, artifact typology, excavation, flint knapping, Native American settlement in northwest Michigan, using a total station and remotely operated vehicles. These courses are open to anyone interested in the topics and no previous experience is necessary.

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

For more details please visit: www.nasnmc.com

Dr. Mark W. Holley
111 E. Front Street
Ovid, MI 48866