Field School Friday will be a weekly feature on the MAS Thunder Bay blog. We will feature field schools from around the world to help promote archaeology programs and present students with more educational options.This Field School Friday was submitted for Jordan Jensen, a Central Michigan University student that is currently participating in the field school at Draper Park.
Institution: Draper Park
Location: Port Huron, Michigan
Archaeology Type: Prehistoric
Estimated Cost: Free, volunteers needed
Located in Port Huron, Michigan, under the Blue Water Bridge, students from St. Clair Community College are working to discover the prehistoric past of the area.
Excavations were first conducted in the 1970’s where thousands of artifacts were collected and recorded. These artifacts were tested to be 1300 years old, putting the site around 700 A.D. The site was then closed until spring 2013 when news spread of possible construction on the site which would destroy any remaining artifacts. Last summer students opened the site again and begin to pull up an abundance of artifacts.
The site itself is believed to be a prehistoric fishing camp used by the Native Americans of that time. Many of the artifacts include net-weights, pottery, animal bones, and flint (flakes and tools). The site is once again open to students and volunteers until mid July. This is the last year the site will be open so we are allowing anyone who would like to dig into the fascinating world of archaeology to join us. Archaeologists are there from 8-4:30, Monday to Friday.
Any other questions can be answered by messaging their Facebook page at Draper Park Archaeological Field School (https://www.facebook.com/DraperParkArchaeologicalFieldSchool2013).