Welcome to the Archaeology at Michigan Website!

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Developed as part of the Winter 2014 LSA Research Theme Semester in Archaeology, Material Culture, and the Ancient World, this site highlights the research, teaching, collection, and other resources for archaeological research at the University of Michigan. With some 50 faculty, curators, research scientists and museum professionals distributed across 10 different academic units, U-M researchers are conducting fieldwork and collections-based research on five continents, and on periods spanning from half a million years ago to the present. This site provides an introduction to their work and to the rich resources for teaching and scholarship on Archaeology, Material Culture, and the Ancient World at the University of Michigan.



In celebration of the upcoming Bicentennial exhibition, Excavating Archaeology at the University of Michigan, 1817–2017, the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (UMMAA) and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology will be counting down the days until the exhibition opening on October 18, 2017.

The UMMAA will celebrate its remarkable archaeological and ethnographic collections and rich legacy of research and teaching by posting one entry a day for 200 days. The entries will highlight objects from the collections, museum personalities, and UMMAA expeditions. The Kelsey Museum will count down 200 facts about the most important people, places, events, and Kelsey Museum artifacts on Twitter and Facebook. Follow along with #KMA200 to watch the history of the Kelsey Museum and our collections unfold.

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