Archaeologists invite public to dig up the past

Ever wanted to be on an active archaeological site? Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project is offering the chance for visitors to come and examine historical artifacts with archaeologists. 

The goal of the project is to educate people on the history of the Niles area, which was once called New France.  The Fort was built on land granted to Jesuits by King Louis XIV.  It served as an important trading post and military complex, and was a location where the French and Native Americans met to exchange goods and ideas.

Western Michigan University students are also a part of the experience, giving them a chance to learn in the field.  

Other activities on the site include demonstrations at the Living History Village, hear period music and watch dancing, in addition to children's activities.

The project is open to the public Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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