Celebrate International Archaeology Day at Gordon Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19

Have you ever wanted to visit an archaeological dig? You don’t have to travel to exotic locales. We have plenty of history right here in Washtenaw County, and it is lying just beneath the surface of the ground, waiting to be explored.

Join the Dexter Area Historical Society at Gordon Hall in Dexter for a public Archaeology Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, International Archaeology Day.

Archaeology students will share their methods and discoveries as they perform excavations at several sites around the grounds of Gordon Hall. They will be looking for artifacts that will illuminate the lives of the people who have lived there, from the time the house was built in 1843 to the present.

In addition to the dig sites, docents from the Dexter Area Historical Society (DAHS) will be on hand to answer questions about the history of Gordon Hall and its inhabitants. Anything of significance that is found will be inspected, cleaned, inventoried, and saved.

“We are excited to continue this collaboration with the University of Michigan. They owned the site for over 50 years and this is their second excavation since we bought it in 2006,” said Beverly Hill, President of DAHS.

Gordon Hall Archaeology Day will be on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it is free. The excavations will be open to visitors from 11-1, followed by a public presentation and tours of Gordon Hall until 2 p.m. Kids are welcome and encouraged, but must be adequately supervised. Presented by Dexter Area Historical Society 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 (or if the weather is bad) call 734-426-2519. You can also visit the DAHS website:  or Facebook page:

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