Patrick E. Martin


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  • Department: Social Sciences
  • Office Location: 212 Academic Offices
  • Office Phone: (906) 487-2070
  • Job Title: Professor

  • Patrick Martin came to Michigan Tech in the Fall of 1977, expecting to stay only one year. Various events combined to alter that expectation. He taught a variety of courses in archaeology and anthropology, while also conductingt contract research projects for sponsors such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Navy, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Historical Center, and several local government agencies. During the early years of his tenure, these research projects were primarily portions of environmental assessments connected with Federally-sponsored undertakings, such as road construction, timber harvest, and land exchanges. They turned increasingly to investigations of historic sites under development and/or reconstruction. For example, survey work at the Norwich Mine in Ontonagon County preceded the development of the North Country Hiking Trail through the site; excavation of a worker's cabin at Fayette set the stage for eventual reconstruction; excavation of the Guardhouse and Blacksmith Shop at Fort Wilkins led to accurate reconstruction of both buildings. Other selected projects include broad area survey on Isle Royale, survey and testing at the Bay Furnace site near Munising, and additional excavations at Fayette and Fort Wilkins. Recent work has focused on Cultural Landscape studies at two mining sites in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska, and a geophysical survey and excavation at Estate Whim, a sugar plantation on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Together with colleagues David Landon and Tim Scarlett, Martin has directed student crews at the Carp River Forge, a bloomery in Upper Michigan, and a field school and research project at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, New York.

    In the early 1990s, Martin was instrumental in establishing the Industrial Archaeology Master's program within the Department of Social Sciences and serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. More than 30 graduates have gone on to rewarding careers in the field, or to Ph.D. programs in Anthropology.  Beginning in 1995, Martin assumed the Editorship of IA, the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, and has since been named the Executive Secretary of that organization. In this latter role, he oversees the operation of the SIA Headquarters at MTU, ably aided by Donald Durfee.

    Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI 49931
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