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    Application for the 2022 Archaeological Field School is available. Join us today!

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    Learning to Dig It. Personal commentary and video from Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Field School.

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  • Floodplain site

    Main floodplain site where the students dig.

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


2022 Archaeological Field School

The WMU archaeological field school begins on June 30. Staff and students will provide regular updates on the Project’s blog, Facebook, and Instagram pages. Apply here. 

Archaeology Summer CAMP Program

Sponsored by Western Michigan University and the City of Niles, the Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Summer Camp Program provides an opportunity for the public to investigate and interpret the history and archaeology of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century mission, garrison, and trading post.

Campers will spend the mornings learning about the history of Fort St. Joseph and the goals of the Project. Afternoon activities will include practice in excavation, record keeping, artifact identification, lab work, and analysis.


The 2022 summer camp dates will be announced shortly. When available, registration information can be found at www.nileshistorycenter.org. For questions or more information about the camps, please contact the Project’s Public Education Instructor, Tim Bober, at timothy.bober@wmich.edu.


The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project will host its 11th annual Summer Archaeology Lecture Series in conjunction with Western Michigan University’s 46th annual archaeological field school on four consecutive Wednesdays in July at 7 pm in collaboration with the Niles District Library. Stay tuned for information regarding this year’s lineup and theme.

2022 Archaeology OPEN HOUSE

Come visit and explore the nationally recognized archaeological site of Fort St. Joseph during the Project’s annual Archaeology Open House! This year our event will be held on August 6-7 from 10 am to 4 pm. More information to come.

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Videos of Public Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph