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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
The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office includes archaeologists who have extensive knowledge and expertise in nearly 14,000 years of human history. SHPO archaeologists record, investigate, interpret and protect Michigan's archaeological sites, and maintain the official database of recorded archaeological sites located both on land and underwater. Our archaeologists are responsible for archaeology on state land and collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources on exhibits and educational programs, and curate 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
CRM, Forms, Permits, and Research
Michigan Archaeology Day
Saturday, October 29, 2022: Michigan Archaeology Day!
Michigan Archaeology Day may have come and gone, but you can find great information, links, maps and more at the virtual Michigan Archaeology Day webpage any day of the year!Dig in to virtual archaeology!