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    Archaeology plays a fundamental role in how we understand history. All of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ sites have undergone some level of archaeological research and Colonial Michilimackinac is home to the longest ongoing archaeological excavation in North America. Visitors to Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City can witness the process of uncovering centuries-old objects buried beneath the soil, talk with an archaeologist, and see recently unearthed historical treasures from the sand.

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    Collections and Research

    Mackinac State Historic Parks works to preserve and present the history and material culture of the Straits of Mackinac. Its collection ranges from furnishings and textiles to artwork, personal items, archival materials and photographs.

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    Individual Site Histories

    More in-depth information on our historic sites is available including brief histories, chronologies, historical facts, frequently asked questions, and historic images.