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 13 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.


Online Resources


  • A Clovis site was discovered in Michigan by UMMAA curator Prof. Henry Wright and doctoral student Brendan Nash, along with independent researcher Thomas Talbot. The site is 13,000 years old, and it is the earliest archaeological site in the state.
  • The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is now open to all audiences during its regular visiting hours without capacity limitations. Visitors will still need to complete the ResponsiBLUE health screening before arrival, but will not need to schedule their visit in advance.
  • U-M alumnus and longtime U-M Museum of Art supporter William Weese has given a gift of art and endowment that will expand the museum’s Chinese ceramics collection. The collection Weese gifted includes more than 1,000 ceramics and decorative arts from China’s Neolithic period through the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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