Friday, July 6, 2012
Hi and welcome to the 2012 field season at
Fort St. Joseph!
The 2012 field season is about to start at the
and Lyne sites. Fourteen graduate and
undergraduate students will join Dr. Michael Nassaney and five other staff
members in archaeological excavations this summer. The students and staff spent
several days at Fort St.
over the last two weeks familiarizing themselves with the history of the fort,
learning about archaeological excavation techniques, and participating in field
exercises to prepare themselves. The Western
Michigan University Joseph
archaeologists will be moving to Fort St. Niles
on July 9th and are eager and excited to start field work later that
Let me tell you a little about myself and my involvement with the Fort St. Joseph Project. I started pursuing my MA. degree specializing in archaeology at
during the fall 2010. I quickly got involved with lab work on the Fort project
and served as the graduate teaching assistant last summer. My research
interests began with Native American history and colonial interactions and have
since moved towards public archaeology and children’s education. Luckily the
Fort project allows me to do both! I’m looking forward to starting this season
in my new job as public outreach coordinator and, of course, learning with the
students about new discoveries in the field how that helps us know about the
history of the fort. Western
We have a lot of exciting events planned for this summer – make sure you don’t miss out on them:
The Public Lecture Series begins on Wednesday July 11th with Dr. Doug Scott whose program is titled “Shot and Shell Tell the Tale: Some New Interpretations from Military and Battlefield Archaeology”. He will speak at the Niles District Library at 7pm. Following the presentation the archaeology students will get their first chance to mingle with the audience and talk about their first experiences in the field. The lecture series will continue with Larry Horrigan on July 25th also at the library, Robert Myers on August 1st at the
and Joseph Gagné at the
for History on August 8th. All presentations begin at 7pm. Visit our Facebook and "like" us for updates as well! Northern
Of course our annual Open House promises to be an exciting event again this year. It will take place on August 11th-12th at the intersection of Fort and Bond Streets.
Site tours can be arranged by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you around!