Michigan History Museum - 2019 Michigan Archaeology Day

Date:  October 19, 2019  
Time:  10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Michigan History Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48915

Contact: Sara Gross 517-420-1342

Two children work together to place pieces in a 3-D puzzle of a historic clay pot

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.

Schedule of Events: 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Drop-in activities and information all day long:

  • Hands-on activities, including a scavenger hunt, an archaeology petting zoo, mock excavation (for children under 10) and pinch pots. 
  • Flint knapping demonstration
  • "Archaeology Roadshow" Experts in archaeology, geology and paleontology will be on hand to assess your finds and teach you how to report sites. If it can fit in a shoe box, bring it in! (No monetary values will be provided.) 
  • Exhibitions from archaeology, palentology and geology programs and organizations from across the state. 

1 p.m.: Special Presentation "Some Claims about the Past are Like Sasquatch: Fact or Fiction?" by Dr. Dean Anderson, State Archaeologist (Retired.) 

Have you heard of a stone circle on Beaver Island or reports of the discovery of the wreck of LaSalle’s ship the Griffon? Have you heard about supposed ancient artifacts often referred to as the Michigan Relics, or watched the History channel program called the Curse of Civil War Gold?

All of these claims about Michigan history appear to have an archaeological element to them in the sense that there is an attempt to support those claims with archaeological data. But, are such claims different from archaeological statements? The real test lies in evidence and how evidence holds up under questioning and examination. This presentation encourages everyone to think critically about the evidence behind claims made about the past.

Free admission, free parking!

Michigan Archaeology Day is presented in partnership with
Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the State Historic Preservation Office

The Michigan History Museum—flagship of the Michigan History 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 History Museum visitor information.

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

Updated 09/04/2019