• Floodplain site

    Main floodplain site where the students dig.

  • Oso bottle

    Oso bottle found in the wall of a unit.

  • Dr. Nassaney Teaching the students

    Dr. Nassaney showing the students how to look at different soil patterns. 

  • A gun side plate in the palm of a hand

    A fragment of a decorative side plate from a French trading gun

  • FSJ staff in 2015 posing for a picture in front of the Sumnerville Mounds marker

    Students and staff from the 2015 field school visiting the Sumnerville Mounds in Niles, MI.

2016 News

2016 Field School: The 41st Annual Field School will take place summer II from June 30 through Aug. 19. Students will gain hands-on experience in proper archaeological field techniques, including excavation, site survey, wet screening, record keeping and mapping. The project is a collaboration between Western Michigan University and the city of Niles, Michigan, in partnership with community members. This course offers an opportunity for intensive study and public outreach.

2016 Field school flyer

Summer camps

Each field season, there are opportunities for the public to work along side with the field school students and staff. There are three sessions for the 2016 summer camps.

  • Lifelong learners: July 15-22
  • Teachers and students age 16 and up: July 25-30
  • Middle school students (grades 6-9): Aug. 1-5

2016 Camper information

2016 Educators flyer

Summer lecture series

Four guest lecturers will be presenting at the Niles District Library during the 2016 field season. They will focus their presentations on this year's theme, "Flowing Through Time: Rivers in Historical and Archaeological Perspective".

2016 Lecture Series Flyer

Open house

This year's open house dates will be Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. Join us to see live on site excavations and historical interpreters bring the past come alive.

2016 Open house flyer

2016 Fort St. Joseph newsletter



Recent news about the ongoing research, projects and alumni of Fort St. Joseph.