Course Mini Projects

Course-based Mini Projects are short-term projects involving primary research and data collection within the context of hands-on, project-based learning activities. These projects are intended to introduce advanced undergraduate and graduate students to the opportunities and challenges involved in designing and implementing historical archaeological research projects.


Mini-projects take place in association with Dr. Ryzewski’s Historical Archaeology and Urban Archaeology courses. Dr. Ryzewski designs a project’s structure and procedure, works with students to identify research questions and goals, and assigns teams of students to work together  in small groups over the space of two weeks to a month on data collection, interpretation, and presentation. When successful, student teams learn new skills, create an original product (for which they receive authorship credit), and contributes to a broader project initiative.

As in the examples featured below, some mini-projects prove to be productive pilot projects that inspire possibilities for students who might wish to expand upon them during senior undergraduate or graduate thesis-level research.

The pages below are currently under construction:

Chinatown Survey: Detroit’s Cass Corridor, started by Urban Archaeology class, 2014


Making Music in Detroit: Multimedia Tour of the City’s Musical Heritage. Piloted by Urban Archaeology class, 2014