The Prehistoric Past

Native People of Southeast Michigan                                                                              

Michigan has a rich heritage of native cultures that date back at least 12,000 years. Archaeologists divide the prehistoric history up to about 300 years ago into three phases:

  • Paleo
  • Archaic
  • Woodland

We’ll take a journey through these periods using actual artifacts (stone & bone implements, pottery, and copper tools ), re-telling a few of the ancient tales, and providing a chance to use an atlatl (a spear thrower—yes, you read that correctly).

Suitable for all elementary levels third grade and up, middle and high school, and adult groups.

Beasts of the Ice Age                                                                                                           

There were some pretty awesome mammals that roamed the state during the Ice Age—some were giants while others were just plain odd. Mastodons, mammoths, giant beaver, stag moose, peccaries, and the formidable Short-faced Bear were some of the extinct beasts that once called this place home.

Let’s investigate some of these creatures by looking at the fossil evidence they left behind.

Suitable for all elementary levels third grade and up, middle and high school, and adult groups.

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