This Weekend: Another Archaeological Tour of the Cliff Mine

This Saturday morning, the students and I will host our last tour at the site of the Cliff Mine.  This tour is for Michigan Tech alumni and friends, and the tour was organized by the Alumni Association. If you are planning to visit, please watch the introductory video by Mark Dice and come prepared for a good hike full of interesting things to see.  Good shoes and long pants are preferred, along with some bug spray and sunscreen.

We’ve been quiet on the blog lately, but we are still making progress in our study.  Sean Gohman finished a final draft of his Master’s thesis, which he defends this Friday.  Which also explains why he hasn’t posted to this blog in a little while.  Immediately after Sean’s defense, we will return to the Cliff for more archaeological work.  The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District selected us as their preferred contractor for some archaeological survey before they undertake work on the stamp sands at the site.  This will give us our first opportunity to put Sean’s map into use, guiding our subsurface testing to focus on areas where project might encounter industrial or other features.  We will continue updating the blog throughout our work in August and September.

Last weekend, the Keweenaw County Historical Society took one of their tours of the site.  “A Look at the Cliff Mine from the Top Down” was led by Mel Jones, Al Johnson, Larry Molloy, and Phil Mason.  They took about 60 people on a walk around the site starting at the #4 shaft, engine house, and waste rock piles, then the #3 shaft complex, then down the hill to the industrial core and the cemeteries.  Their tour was also a big hit and everyone I spoke with who went along had a great time.

Information about the Keweenaw County Historical Society’s activities is on their website:


About Timothy James Scarlett

Associate Professor of Archaeology at Michigan Technological University.

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