Final Open House Weekend for 2013

Hello all-

This weekend is the final open house for the 2013 field season.  We will have lots going on at the site, even though the rain has kept our excavation units flooded by the high water table.

We are trying to finish the excavation of four trenches, all of which visitors can see when they come to the site.  In addition, we will be experimenting with a couple of other technologies.  Part of our team is laying in survey points for a LiDAR scan of the entire valley. We hope that we’re going to be able to use the natural topography to adapt MTU’s ground-based LiDAR scanner into something like an aerial LiDAR scan.  If you don’t know anything about LiDAR, you can read our blog posts here and see some recent news stories here, here, and here). In addition to the excavation and the survey, we’ll be continuing our botanical survey of surviving cultivar plants (roses, lilac, apple and pear trees, etc.).  The famous Cliff Roses should be just starting their bloom this weekend!

The Clifton roses are about to bloom! These roses are an old variety, so the bloom will last a week or two, then be done for 2013.

The Clifton roses are about to bloom! These roses are an old variety, so the bloom will last a week or two, then be done for 2013.

I’ve also posted some more pictures of “goings on” at the site from the last open house weekend. We hope to see lots of people this Saturday and Sunday, from 10-3:30!

Michigan Tech's videographer, Justin Plichta, visited the site on Thursday to interview students about the Cliff Mine/Clifton research project.

Michigan Tech’s videographer, Justin Plichta, visited the site on Thursday to interview students about the Cliff Mine/Clifton research project.

The littlest visitor to the site so far this year!

The littlest visitor to the site so far this year!

Timothy Scarlett speaks with visitors during the second open house weekend of 2013.

Timothy Scarlett speaks with visitors during the second open house weekend of 2013.

Brendan Pelto shows visitors the Interyard excavation trenches in Clifton.

Brendan Pelto shows visitors the Interyard excavation trenches in Clifton.

 

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About Timothy James Scarlett

Professor of Archaeology at Michigan Technological University. Director of Graduate Programs in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

2 responses to “Final Open House Weekend for 2013”

  1. Joe Dancy says :

    Looks like fun, too bad the water table and rain slowed things down this year.

  2. Betty Rae & Brian Taivalkoski says :

    We took the tour on Father’s Day but we went again yesterday with the son of some friends. We didn’t think it was possible for Professor James to give a more comprehensive and interesting tour than he did the first time but he sure did! Fascinating & enjoyable tour, thanks! Really makes me wish I could study in his classroom!

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