Introduction to the Unearthing Detroit Project

Ah, creating the first blog post is a lot like going up to a stranger in a crowd and asking them their name.  It’s a tad bit awkward and there is at best a minimal response.

I suppose it is best to start with a quick intro to what Unearthing Detroit is (a more detailed account can be found on our about page).

Unearthing Detroit is a archaeological research project housed in Wayne State University’s Department of Anthropology.  Our focus is an in depth investigation into the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology‘s Detroit based collections.  These collections were come from the 1973 Renaissance Center excavation and more recent excavations at Roosevelt Park.  Our artifacts vary extensively from faunal remains to housewares.  Team leaders Katie Korth and Samantha Malette worked very hard under the direction of Dr. Krysta Ryzewski to do an extensive cataloging of these items over the past year to get our program up and running.

This summer we are doing archival research and interpretation, digital imaging, and getting out into the public.  We will be sharing pieces from our collections as well as our weekly progress with the public.  You can look forward to seeing posts on specific artifacts, the archaeological techniques we are using, what we are doing around Detroit, and historical information on the City.

Next week we will develop our Team page, and Katie Scharra will do an update on how she is using social media to boost public outreach in archaeology.

Volunteers Sarah Beste and Slava Pallas worked hard on washing artifacts this week

Volunteers Sarah Beste and Slava Pallas worked hard on washing artifacts this week

For updates on our research follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information on the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology please visit:

For more information on Archaeology at Wayne State University please visit:

Introduction to the Unearthing Detroit Project by Kaitlin Scharra is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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