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Excavation Site of Fort St. Joseph

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Topic Fort St. Joseph
Image Source Photo by Ann Kuntz
Image Notes Picture of the excavation site of Fort St. Joseph near Niles, Michigan, as it existed in 2008. The St. Joseph River is on the right. The white pipeline is connected to 14 foot tubes which are used to leech the groundwater from the soil. This process enables the workers to remove the artifacts from the earth. The wooden structures hold trays with screens used to shift the dirt from the artifacts. The picture shows the actual site where workers from Western Michigan University excavate.
Time Period Colonial - 1650 - 1764
Image Date July 2008
Keywords Excavation
Fort St. Joseph

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Historical Background "Latest Artifacts at Fort St. Joseph Shared" by Lou Mumford

This South Bend Tribune (7/28/04) article discusses the excavation site of Fort St. Joseph. Professor Nasseney from Western Michigan University reveals that recent discoveries show the fort to have been 'more complex' than first thought. The excavation site is located along the banks of the St. Joseph River south of Nile, Michigan. Depending on funding the excavation could take years to complete.

For more detailed information on the excavation contact Jan Personette at

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Newspaper Articles St. Joseph County Public Library, Local & Family History Services - Clipping File (Basement) - Forts - Fort St. Joseph

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