From Detroit to Copper Harbor...
and Ironwood to Drummond Island, archaeological sites reveal how people have lived in Michigan for nearly 14,000 years. Archaeology is the scientific study of the human past, using places and objects to understand changing people and environments. It is the study of sand dunes and forests, seas and cities, hardship and resourcefulness, ingenuity and innovation, and above all, communities. Across time and space, archaeology helps us know the past, understand the present and plan for a sustainable and vibrant future.Explore Projects In Michigan
Michigan's State Archaeologist is on the staff of the State Historic Preservation Office. The State Archaeologist records, investigates, interprets and protects Michigan's archaeological sites, and maintains the official database of recorded archaeological sites located both on land and underwater. The State Archaeologist is responsible for archaeology on state land and collaborates with the Department of Natural Resources on exhibits and educational programs, and curates archaeological collections obtained from state land as well as collections generated by review and compliance projects across the state.
The resources below provide guidance and resources for conducting archaeological research in Michigan and promote the study and appreciation of archaeology projects across the state.
Explore Archaeology in Michigan
Michigan Archaeology brochure
From Detroit to Copper Harbor and Ironwood to Drummond Island, archaeological sites reveal how people have lived in Michigan for nearly 14,000 years.
Archaeologist, Historian, and Architectural Historian Consultant List
List of consultants who meet the federal qualifications for Archaeologist, Historian and/or Architectural Historian.
Archaeology Projects in Michigan
Archaeological investigations take place in Michigan every summer. Several of these projects are archaeological field schools aimed at teaching excavation techniques to college students, but others allow a first-hand look for the general public to see archaeologists at work.
CRM and Research
Schedule a Research Appointment
How and when to schedule a research appointment with the State Historic Preservation Office.
Federal Professional Qualifications Documentation
How to submit your professional qualifications to SHPO.
Archaeological Investigation in Michigan
Under Michigan law, the state oversees all archaeology performed on state land. Learn more about the permitting process.
Michigan Archaeology Day
Michigan History Museum - 2020 Michigan Archaeology Day
Here's your chance to meet archaeologists, to learn of their research and to see one-day-only exhibits from their excavations and underwater explorations. Save the date: October 24, 2020!