River Raisin Chapter

Michigan Archaeological Society

For more information on America’s “newest” National Park please visit www.riverraisinbattlefield.org

Copyright 2003 - Dale Niesen

Pottery vessel found near Flat Rock, Michigan.
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Brief History of the R.R.C.

     The Michigan Archaeological Society was founded in 1924. The creation of the M.A.S. came about because of a desire by professionals and amateurs to unite and devote their efforts toward accomplishing the general goals of archaeology in Michigan.

     The River Raisin Chapter of the M.A.S. was founded on October 25, 1971, in Monroe, Michigan under the guidance of Mr. Edward F. Petteys. The chapter generally represents Monroe and Southern Wayne County. Meetings are held from September through May on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings feature guest speakers from the professional and advanced amateur ranks. There are usually on display recently discovered artifacts from Monroe County and the surrounding area.

Meeting Notice 

Monthly meetings are held at 7:30 PM, on the second Wednesday of each month at the

Sawyer Homestead, 320 E. Front St., Monroe, MI 48161 (unless otherwise notified).



Interested In history?

Monroe County has preserved its historical sites like precious treasures. Come, step back in time … visit the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center which focuses on the battles of the War of 1812 and Native American struggles, the Navarre-Anderson Trading Complex including a country store and French-Canadian buildings, the Monroe County Historical Museum with collections of 18th and 19th century artifacts of southeast Michigan. Dundee’s Old Mill Museum was built by Henry Ford. Come to Monroe, home town of General George Armstrong Custer.


R.R.C. Meeting Schedule


Click here to view RRC meeting schedule - Artifax:  United States Army - War of 1812 general service button (probably a cuff button, 9/16" or 14 mm in diameter).

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The University of Toledo - WLEARP and The River Raisin Chapter


Cooperation in the Name of Preservation:


Link to Cooperation in the Name of Preservation - Artifax: Western Basin Tradition Pottery Rimsherd found in Monroe County, Michigan

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Michigan Projectile Point Types


Link to Michigan Projectile Point types - Artifax:  Gainey Fluted Point type ca. 11,000 B.P.

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Archaeology:  In the News 

Saint Antoine Church Cemetery, Monroe, MI.  

River Raisin Chapter Links

Office of the State Archaeologist

Michigan Archaeological Society

Ontario Archaeological Society

 Read about  founding chapter member Ed Green, and what he's been doing in Florida.

Chapter Officers


President:  Jeanne Micka (rgm@core.com)

Vice Presidents: Bob Wittersheim & Tom LaDuke

Secretary:  Richard Nation

Treasurer:  James Jay


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