It is very important that everyone volunteering to work on one of these archaeological digs understands they are scientific research projects. All artifacts found during excavation by anyone working on the dig become part of the site collection, not the property of the person who uncovers them. Be sure you are willing to work under this rule before volunteering.
MAS Member Digs
MAS Members are currently conducting digs at several different archaeological sites in Michigan and from time to time offer opportunities for volunteers to participate.
Besek Site near Monroe – Tom LaDuke An important Paleo site which has produced 6 whole or fragmentary fluted points. Work will resume in June. To contact Tom by email click on firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry House near Grand Blanc – Don Simons Has both historic and prehistoric components. Don can be contacted by phone at 810-695-0433. Volunteers are no longer being accepted for 2018.
Warner Homestead in Brighton Township – Tim Bennett Historic dig at an 1841 farm homestead. To contact Tim by email click on email@example.com. To visit the project website click on Warnerhomestead .
Gray Site in Napoleon Township – Dan Wymer Paleo campsite with 11 other prehistoric occupations. To contact Dan by email click on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Opportunities to Visit or Participate in Michigan Digs
The Oxbow Archaeologists are a professionally mentored group of avocational archaeologists who excavate archaeological sites at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland County. For more information click here.
Field Schools at archaeological excavations are conducted by several universities and state parks in Michigan. For more information about these programs click here.
Opportunities Outside Michigan
The Center for American Archaeology at Kampsville, Illinois offers a wide range of education programs including opportunities for children and families. For more information click here.
The Archaeological Fieldwork Server provides information about numerous opportunities to volunteer or participate in field schools in other states and other countries. To access that website click here.