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Archaeology Program at Colonial Michilimackinac Unearths Another Treasure

As the archaeology crew at Colonial Michilimackinac excavates the last level, in preparation for the end of the field season Saturday, they have come across one more interesting find.

“Just like at the beginning of the season, it is a recognizable fragment of ceramic, this time part of a teacup,” said Dr. Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology for Mackinac State Historic Parks. “It is polychrome (multi-colored) tin-glazed earthenware. It could be English, French or Dutch. Research this winter may provide the answer to the question of its origin. It came from the center of the excavation, where a second root cellar may be located.”

The piece was located in House E of the Southeast Rowhouse at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City. 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of archaeology at Michilimackinac, making it one of the longest-running archaeology programs in North America. House E was first occupied by Charles Henri Desjardins de Rupallay de Gonneville, and later by an as-yet-unidentified English trader. This find continues an amazing streak of discoveries from the past few years in the root cellar, including ceramic vessels, tin-glazed earthenware, creamware plates, Chinese export porcelain, a mostly intact knife, and the handle of a sword, all uncovered during the 2018 season, as well as a large ceramic sherd, a silver trade brooch, a door hinge, a large piece of feather creamware, a serpent sideplate from a British trade gun, and a ring fragment already found in 2019.