Field School

 Central Michigan University Archaeological Field School

May 20 - June 29, 2013

Learn methods to survey, excavate and analyze archaeological remains in a hands-on setting where you will participate in field research and engage in public outreach at three unique sites:

  • Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School
  • McGulpin Point Lighthouse
  • Headlands Dark Sky Park


Dates and Locations 

May 20 - June 7: The course is held in Mount Pleasant at the former Indian Industrial Boarding School. Our work focuses on reconstructing the lives of children who once attended the school. Field School students are responsible for their own housing, food and transportation during this portion of the course.

June 9 - 29: The class is held on site in Emmet County, where we are studying a 19th century lighthouse and the early historic era of the Straits. While in Emmet County, students will live in a jet-setter's former mansion on the shore of Lake Michigan. The course fee will cover meals. Transportation is provided from Mount Pleasant to Emmet County sites.


Admission Information

Admission to the field school is by application only. Admission is competitive, as space is limited. Upon admission, students must commit to attending the entire field school and any pre-field meetings.

Students will enroll in ANT 500 for six credit hours and pay a course fee of $195. Students must also purchase the required course kit at the CMU Bookstore. Field trips to museums and other sites are included in fees.

For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Surface-Evans at Applications also are available at the SASW Department office, 142 Anspach Hall.

Applications are due February 1, 2013. Notice of first acceptance by March 1, 2013.


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