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Archaeology and Education at Fort St. Joseph

Feb 1, 2014

By Erica D’Elia, Erin Claussen, and Michael Nassaney - The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project (FSJAP) is a partnership between Western Michigan University and the City of Niles, Michigan dedicated to the excavation and interpretation of Fort St. Joseph, an eighteenth-century French colonial fort. Over the years it has offered a multitude of opportunities for the public to learn about the history of the fort, become involved in the excavations, and engage in an inclusive collaborative venture. Archaeologists are increasingly viewing public groups as collaborators rather than simply audiences for their work. Likewise, at Fort St. Joseph people are encouraged to become active participants in the excavations and research.