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Michigan Historical Museum - 2014 Michigan Archaeology Day

Date:  October 18, 2014  
Time:  10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48915

Four children (several in colorful fedoras) uncover artifacts in a mock archaeological excavation.

Here's your chance to meet archaeologists, to learn of their research and to see one-day-only exhibits from their excavations and underwater explorations. Come early—you'll receive a free 2014 Michigan Archaeology Day poster while supplies last.

The day will include:

See the partial list below or download a PDF of all Archaeology Day activities.

Free admission for today's event made possible with the generous sponsorship of:

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

The Michigan Historical Museum—flagship of the Michigan Historical Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan Historical Museum visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan Historical Center events throughout the state.


An archaeology information station in the museum lobby offers free handouts about archaeology from the State Archaeologist. Also in the rotunda, you'll find information about the State Historic Preservation Office; the Conference on Michigan Archaeology; the Michigan Archaeological Society; the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the Michigan Department of Transportation.


Archaic Hunting Skills. - Outdoors, between the visitors parking lot and the front entrance
Practice shooting at a deer target, using darts and an atlatl (spear-thrower), like those used in Michigan forests thousands of years ago. Give it a try! Presented by Ron Burk and Mike Mauer, Michigan Archaeological Society, Saginaw Chapter.

Flintknapping: Stone Tool-Making - Museum, Second Floor
How did people hunt and butcher game before there were guns and steel knives? How did they tan hides or chop down trees using only tools made of bone and stone? Presented by Bob Love

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Presenter: Dr. Scott Beld, Chippewa Nature Center
Topic: Research conducted by the Chippewa Nature Center's Oxbow Archaeologists

Presenter: Dr. Marc Holley, Northwestern Michigan College
Topic: Underwater survey

Presenter: Dr. Deb Rotman, University of Notre Dame
Topic: Research on Beaver Island

Presenter: Dr. Jim Skibo, Illinois State University
Topic: Research on Grand Island

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Museum Time Lab, First Floor

Join the Time Lab team!

  • Participate in a mock excavation to learn how archaeologists document sites
  • Learn why archaeologists love dirt and what it can tell us about the past
  • Experiment with making and decorating your own pottery
Take home an archaeology activity book filled with coloring, crosswords, word searches and more!

Coloring and Games
Coloring pages, word games and other fun for kids of all ages. Take a few home with you!

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Updated 09/18/2014

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