Michigan Archaeology Day – Lansing
Archaeologists from across Michigan will gather at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing on Saturday, October 12, 2013, for Michigan Archaeology Day. The annual event draws hundreds of visitors to the center each year to talk one-on-one with archaeologists about recent excavations that have taken place throughout the state. The event also includes presentations, children’s activities and demonstrations.
“Archaeology reveals how people lived in the past,” said State Archaeologist Dr. Dean Anderson. “On Archaeology Day we provide an opportunity for the public to see Michigan artifacts, talk to archaeologists about the work taking place in our state, and find out what we can learn about the people who lived here before us.”
“Archaeology provides us with knowledge we cannot get any other way,” said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center. “The speakers and exhibitors at Archaeology Day help us understand how objects from mastodon teeth to shipwrecks and toothbrushes can give us a better understanding of everyday life across time and geography.”
· Jeffrey D. Sommer, Curator of Archaeology at the Historical Society of Saginaw County, Inc., who will discuss archaeological investigation of the Clunie site, a prehistoric Native American site in the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge;
· Dr. Krysta Ryzewski, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University who will talk about current urban archaeological research taking place in Detroit.
· Seth DePasqual, Cultural Resource Manager and NEPA Specialist at Isle Royale National Park who will talk about copper mining by Native Americans on Isle Royale and in the western Upper Peninsula as early as 7,000 years ago; and
· Wayne Lusardi, Maritime Archaeologist for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, who will discuss shipwrecks that occurred 100 years ago in the notorious Storm of 1913.
Some twenty archaeological representatives or groups will display artifacts discovered during their excavations and will be on hand to talk about their findings. There will also be three rooms of children’s activities, including: pinch-pot making, courtesy of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group; mock excavations; and hands-on artifact identification, courtesy of the MSU Museum and the MSU Campus Archaeology Program; and more. There will also be a flint knapping demonstration, and visitors will have an opportunity to try using an atlatl (pronounced at lattle), a spear-throwing device used by Native Americans for thousands of years.
The Michigan Historical Center is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. For additional information visit michigan.gov/archaeology, or michigan.gov/museum. Admission is free on Archaeology Day courtesy of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Visitors will also receive a copy of the 2013 Michigan Archaeology poster, while supplies last.
Archaeology Day is jointly hosted by the Michigan Historical Center, Department of Natural Resources, and the State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) , which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*
*MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda.