Archaeology Day – Gordon Hall, Dexter

Have you ever wanted to visit an archaeological dig? You don’t have to travel to exotic locales. We have plenty of history right here in Washtenaw County, and it is lying just beneath the surface of the ground, waiting to be explored. Join us at Gordon Hall in Dexter for a public Archaeology Day on Saturday October 20, International Archaeology Day. Archaeology students will share their methods and their discoveries as they perform excavations at several sites around the grounds of Gordon Hall. They will be looking for artifacts that will illuminate the lives of the people who have lived there, from the time the house was built in 1843 to the present. In addition to the dig sites, docents from the Dexter Area Historical Society (DAHS) will be on hand to answer questions about the history of Gordon Hall and its inhabitants. The students will be digging in 3 areas; the northeast corner of Gordon Hall’s service wing, the site of the stone privy (both demolished before 1950), and the area around the milk house, a small building that has survived since the early days of Gordon Hall. Anything of significance that is found will be inspected, cleaned, inventoried, and saved. “We are excited to begin this collaboration with the University of Michigan. They owned the site for over 50 years and this will be their first time back since we bought it in 2006,” said Beverly Hill, President of DAHS.

The event will be on Saturday October 20 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and it is free. Kids are welcome and encouraged, but must be adequately supervised. Check the website below if the weather is bad on that day. Presented by DAHS and the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. Location: Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI, directly across from Dexter-Pinckney Road. For more information call 734-426-2519, or visit the DAHS website: Facebook page:

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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