Camp Au Train presentation held at Marquette Regional History Center

MARQUETTE — Marquette residents got the chance to learn about an interesting archaeological dig in the U.P. earlier this evening.

 

 

The presentation focused on camp Au Train, from its time as a Civilian Conservation Corps and POW camp, to an archaeological dig that was held there.

“So last fall we actually spent two days in the field, so very beginning part of the excavation,” said Dr. LouAnn Wurst, MTU professor and head researcher. “But we excavated two trash pits. One of the things that’s really difficult is the time frame from the CCC (1935-1940) and the POW occupation (1944-1946), makes it really hard to control time, what artifact can you date that precisely?”

Many people assumed the site to be unfit for a dig, due to looting in the area.

Several Michigan Tech students assisted at the dig site, including one pursuing their master’s thesis.