Archaeology - Mackinac State Historic Parks | Mackinac State Historic Parks


In 1959, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission contracted with Michigan State University to carry out a season of excavation at Michilimackinac. Thus began an archaeological project that has continued every summer since, one of the longest ongoing projects of its kind. From mid-June to late August, Mackinac area visitors can watch archaeology in progress every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City–the site of a reconstructed 18th-century fort and fur-trading village. An interpreter is on site to answer visitor questions, explain the process, and show sample artifacts.
CM Archaeology

Colonial Michilimackinac Archaeology

The archaeology program at Colonial Michilimackinac has taken place every summer since 1959, making it one of the longest ongoing archaeological digs in North America.

Colonial Michilimackinac Artifacts

Colonial Michilimackinac Artifacts

Over 1,000,000 artifacts have been recovered since 1959. Learn about some of the pieces recovered from Michilimackinac.

Current Archaeology

Current Archaeology

Since 2007 archaeologists have been working at the Southeast Rowhouse, House E. Learn about some of the interesting finds here.

2023 - HMC Archaeology

Historic Mill Creek Archaeology

Archaeology played a key role in the development of Historic Mill Creek.

2023 - Historic Mill Creek Artifacts

Historic Mill Creek Artifacts

Take a virtual tour of some of the artifacts recovered from Historic Mill Creek.

OMPL Archaeology

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Archaeology

While three of the four buildings at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse are original, extensive archaeological excavations have taken place at the lighthouse surrounding the barn and warehouse

FM Archaeology

Fort Mackinac Archaeology

Fort Mackinac retains the historic buildings standing when the army decommissioned it in 1895, but various archaeological excavations have happened at and around the fort.

Fort Mackinac Artifacts

Fort Mackinac Artifacts

Take a virtual tour of the artifacts recovered from work done at Fort Mackinac.

MISP Archaeology

Mackinac Island State Park Archaeology

Archaeology has been carried out within Mackinac Island State Park since the 1960s, including at Wawashkamo Golf Club, site of the 1814 battle.

HDM Archaeology

Historic Downtown Mackinac Archaeology

Learn more about the two major excavations that took place in the downtown area of Mackinac Island.