The 2000Archaeological Field School
Michigan History

Monday 1 of May - Wednesday 21 Jun 1999




1996 Field School Photos and Pioneer Log Cabin


Program: You are invited to join Western Michigan University's Spring archaeological field school, now in its 25th year. The program will continue investigations begun in 1994 under the auspices of the Southwest Michigan Historic Landscape Project. Over the past several years a number of research projects have illuminated various landscape changes beginning in the Pioneer period (ca. 1830) that can be linked to transformations in the class, gender, and ethnic relations of the region's occupants. Most recent work has focused on the home of James and Ellen G. White, the 19th century founders of Seventh-Day Adventism in Battle Creek, Michigan. In addition to continuing work at the site, we also hope to use geophysics to explore the home of the well known feminist and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth.

We invite you to become a part of an archaeological team as we explore the development of the modern world.

Instruction and Training: Students will receive instruction in research design and the importance of historical archaeology in the examination of the modern world. Training will focus on standard techniques of historical site excavation, as well as the processing, cataloging, and preliminary analysis of artifacts and feature data. In the past, we have also assisted students in developing analytical expertise in some specialty associated with historical archaeology (e.g., site stratigraphy, feature formation, ceramic analysis, cartography, National Register nomination, public interpretation) to enhance their field experience. A limited reconnaissance survey may also be conducted as part of an active research program in historical archaeology at Western Michigan University.

The field school will be directed by Dr. Michael Nassaney, Associate Professor of Anthropology. He will be assisted by two WMU graduate assistants with prior field experience.

To learn more about the project, contact Michael Nassaney or consult one of the publications listed below that report on the results of this research.

Recent publications of the Southwest Michigan Historical Landscape Project:

Nassaney, Michael S., and Carol Nickolai 1999 Selective Memories and the Material World: The Changing Significance of the Warren B. Shepard Site, Battle Creek, Michigan. Material History Review 50:76-85.

Nassaney, Michael S. (editor) 1998 Historical Archaeology in Battle Creek, Michigan: The 1996 Field Season at the Warren B. Shepard Site (20CA104). Archaeological Report No. 20. Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Nassaney, Michael S. (editor) 1999 An Intensive Archaeological Survey of the James and Ellen G. White House Site (20CA118), Battle Creek, Michigan. Archaeological Report No. 21. Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Rotman, Deborah, and Michael S. Nassaney 1997 Class, Gender, and the Built Environment: Deriving Social Relations from Cultural Landscapes in Southwest Michigan. Historical Archaeology 31(3):42-62.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Enrollment in the field school is limited, and admission is by permission of the instructor. Undergraduate students will be required to enroll in Anthropology 390 for six credit hours, while graduate students enroll in Anthropology 690 for three credit hours (three additional credits for independent study can also be arranged for graduate students). Tuition information can be found in the Spring Session schedule of classes. A $225.00 materials and transportation fee will also be assessed each field school enrollee. A short reading list will be placed on reserve for students to consult prior to orientation.

  Contact Michael Nassaney by email