Try Your Hand In An Archaeological Dig At Gordon Hall

The Dexter Area Historical Society invites you to take part in an archaeological dig at Gordon Hall.

Have you ever wanted to visit an archaeological dig? You don’t have to travel to exotic locales. There are opportunities right in Dexter’s back yard, or front yard. Join in the fun at Gordon Hall in Dexter for International Archaeology Day, Saturday October 20.

Archaeology students will share their methods and their discoveries as they perform excavations at several sites around the grounds of Gordon Hall. The search will be for artifacts that will illuminate the lives of the people who have lived in and around Judge Dexter’s famed abode from the time the house was built in 1843 to the present.

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,” says DAHS President Beverly Hill. “(U of M) owned the site for over 50 years and this will be their first time back since we bought it in 2006.

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 disagreeable 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: or Facebook page:

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