Check Out a Fellow Blogger’s Post on his recetn Visit to the Cliff.

Early in the field season I was contacted via email by Frank Hutton, a photographer and artist interested in the Lake Superior basin’s cultural and natural wonders. Frank has a blog running, “In Search of Perfect Light…,” and asked me if he could visit our workings and maybe write up a post on his visit.

Frank had a great time visiting with us at the mill and just recently uploaded his thoughts on his visit. Please check it out and support a fellow blogger interested in this part of the world.

http://frankjhutton.blogspot.com/2012/06/king-copper-cliff-location.html

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About Sean Gohman

Currently a PhD Degree seeking student in the Michigan Tech University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

6 responses to “Check Out a Fellow Blogger’s Post on his recetn Visit to the Cliff.”

  1. how to climb says :

    Thanks for the posts dear.

  2. Tracy Butler says :

    Are there any opportunities for interested community members to visit the site? Also hoping to find opportunities to participate in any digs in Michigan? Can you recommend any people or groups to connect with? Thank you!

    • Timothy James Scarlett says :

      Hi Tracy- thanks for writing a note! There will be tours during this summer’s field work. The Keweenaw County Historical Society does tours periodically throughout the spring, summer, and fall. I recommend joining that group so you get their newsletter! We will post the open house weekends very soon for our field school, during which time you can come out and see what we have excavated, talk with the students about their discoveries, and wander around the site to your heart’s content!

  3. Rose says :

    Howdy,
    I’m at work surfing around your blog from my iphone 4s! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!

  4. Andrea says :

    In his blog, he mentions while he was there they were “uncovering a 150 year-old wooden barrel, complete with lid”. Is there going to be any kind of display of things that were found? Perhaps at the mineral museum or something? Just fascinated!

    • Timothy James Scarlett says :

      Hi Andrea! That barrel was left in place, along with all the architecture. We even left the stamp sand inside it. If you visited the site in a previous season, you probably could guess why we did that. The stamp sand in which the mill is buried serves as an excellent preservative for the wood of the barrel. While modern archaeologists do have a few tools to preserve wooden artifacts, but they are generally expensive, slow, and always risky. Conservation science gets better every year, just like archaeological science, and at MTU we are experimenting with new potential techniques that could help. We aren’t alone in this new idea!

      In terms of an exhibition, however, there is exciting news! The Keweenaw County Historical Society has been putting together a new exhibit all about the Cliff Mine, Clifton, Eagle River and their stories. They are installing the exhibit in the second floor of the Eagle River Museum. Stay tuned for announcements about the opening!

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