Remaining public tours scheduled for 2013

WE hope that everyone will come to visit us this summer in June!  The first weekend allowed us to work out the tour’s basics and the visitors helped us to think about how we could improve the experience. Cliff is an important site with a fascinating history, and we hope to share it with as many visitors as possible.  Come see the excavations while they are in process and talk with the student, faculty, and volunteer research crews while they dig and screen, add to our map, and learn about daily life in this town!

Public Tours led by students and faculty:

June 22nd-23rd

June 29th-30th

Visitors can interact with the students and see the excavations at any time. The first organized tour heads out at 10 AM and subsequently start around the top of each hour.  Each tour lasts about an hour or more and people can visit several parts of the site this year, so multiple tours are available.  The tours are informal, and led by faculty and students while work continues right in front of you.  Visitors speak directly with researchers.

You can find detailed driving directions here, and remember to be prepared for rough backwoods hiking in the Keweenaw: bottled water, hat, bug repellent, clothes that can get muddy, etc.  No flip-flops please.


About Timothy James Scarlett

Associate Professor of Archaeology at Michigan Technological University.

3 responses to “Remaining public tours scheduled for 2013”

  1. Bubba Jo McGee says :

    Conducting a bit of research regarding your earlier information on cats at Clifton I found that the Royal Society publication of 1859 mentioned that many lower class households had cats to control rodents.

    They were usually owned by the lower classes, and cats were considered a animal of the working class

    In ancient Egypt apparently cats were used to control rodents where grain was stored. Apparently one could be put to death for killing a cat

    Even in Roman times cats were protected property, and if you killed one potentially were liable to the owner.

    So it is not inconceivable that cats were around at Clifton, especially around sources of meat and protein, such as the butcher area. so the cat bones probably should not be a surprise.


  2. Catherine says :

    We are really looking forward to seeing this over the weekend. Rain or shine, we’ll be there!


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