Research Projects

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Sponsored Projects

Cooperative Management of Archaeological Collections from the Hiawatha National Forest

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Susan Martin
Co-PI: Timothy Scarlett
Co-PI: Samuel Sweitz
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Curation of Artifacts for the Ottawa National Forest

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patrick Martin
Principal Investigator: Susan Martin
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Novel Techniques for Stabilzation and Conservation of Ferrous Metals in Industrial Heritage

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Timothy Scarlett
Co-PI: Gerard Caneba
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

OISE-PIRE Sustainability Ecosystem Services and Bioenergy Development Across the Americas

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Halvorsen
Co-PI: Rodney Chimner
Co-PI: David Shonnard
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Collaborative Research: Testing and Refining Rehydroxylation Ceramic Dating

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Timothy Scarlett
Co-PI: Jaroslaw Drelich
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Self-Requested Forest Sustainability: A Simulation and Sociological Analysis of Voluntary Incentive Programs

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mark Rouleau
Co-PI: Audrey Mayer
Co-PI: Richelle Winkler
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Phase I Archaeological Survey and Assessment of Italian Hall Site Calumet Michigan

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Timothy Scarlett
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Oral History of Torch Lake Copper Reclamation 1940-1970

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Carol MacLennan
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

2013 Public Archaeology at the Cliff Mine

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Timothy Scarlett
Co-PI: Fredric Quivik
Co-PI: Samuel Sweitz
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

A Proposal to Create the First-Ever Comprehensive Nationwide Inventory of Industrial Heritage Resources

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patrick Martin
Co-PI: Leonor Medeiros
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Archaeological Surveys Fort Wilkins State Park

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patrick Martin
Co-PI: Sean Gohman
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

 

Additional Departmental Projects

Utah Pottery

The Utah Pottery Project focuses on studying immigrant potters who lived throughout the Mormon Domain of Utah in the 19th century. The project’s goals include cataloging the immigrant pottery makers and clay industry workers; locating and identifying archaeological pottery sites; cataloging known examples of Utah pottery housed in museum collections; and assembling and disseminating information about the potters, their families, their work, their products, and their contributions to the history of Utah.

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The Early European Gun Project

Funded by the British Academy, the Early European Guns (EEG) project is a first-stage investigation into the technology, ballistic capabilities, and forensic signatures of early firepower. Through the systematic documentation, measurement, and recording of small-bore gunpowder artillery and handguns preserved in collections across Europe, EEG sheds new light on the early development of gunpowder weaponry in Europe from c.1450–1520. The project is a collaboration between researchers at Michigan Tech and the University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. The first version of the guns database is available on the project website.

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Industrial Archaeology Image Archive

The Industrial Archaeology Image Archive website was initiated to make the Robert M. Vogel slide collection more accessible for research purposes or for the simple pleasure of viewing. The archive’s primary collection consists of Vogel’s slides, which represent over 30 years of travel to sites of significant industrial heritage around the world. This web-based effort continues under the guidance of the industrial archaeology program.

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The Caribbean Industrial Heritage Program and Central Aguirre Research Project

The Caribbean Industrial Heritage Research Program (CIHP) is a multidisciplinary research program focused on the study of the evolution of industry in the circum-Caribbean region. The CIHP is dedicated to the study of social, economic, and technological change associated with industry in the region, as well as to the promotion of industrial heritage and archaeology, including preservation, in the Caribbean and throughout Latin America.

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First Fridays Report

This course project aimed to understand how First Fridays and the art scene in Calumet contribute to community development. The project inventoried community assets and assessed how First Fridays contribute to these assets using participation observation, interviews, and surveys of First Fridays participants. An Executive Summary of this research can be found here. A full report including research procedures and results is also available here.

Private Land Management and Voluntary Incentive Programs Project

This project investigates the role that social influence plays in the land management of small private forests in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the collective impact on the UP landscape of thousands of land management decisions by non-industrial private forest owners. Click here to access the project website.