Research Project Archive

Past Projects

Historical building in downtown Hancock.Copper Country Architects, 2006–09

The Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects contains information on 25 architects who were known to have designed buildings in the Copper Country of Michigan, narrowly defined here as Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

Quincy SmelterQuincy Smelter Blog, 2009–10

The Quincy Mining Company's Smelter in Ripley, Michigan, is one of only a few historic copper smelters preserved in the world. Now a National Historic Site, the Quincy Smelter was built in 1898 and operated until 1971. Graduate students in Michigan Tech’s industrial archaeology program created a blog to educate the public on the Quincy Smelter’s history and follow the site’s stabilization, rehabilitation, and reuse. The Quincy Smelter Association now owns and maintains the blog.

Longyearbyen, NorwaySvalbard Archaeology, 2004–09

The Svalbard Archaeology project was a collaborative effort to map and photograph the remains of the Artic Coal Company and Old Longyear City in Longyearbyen, Norway, which were products of American industrialist John M. Longyear. Researchers on the project included students, faculty, and professional staff from Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Russia, and the United States.

Researchers surveyingWest Point Foundry Archaeology Project, 2000–08

Students in Michigan Tech’s Archaeology Field School, as well as social sciences faculty, excavated and surveyed the historic site of the West Point Foundry, in Cold Springs, New York, to recover technical details on foundry operations and learn about everyday life among foundry workers.