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Western Michigan University has sponsored archaeological field work in the Kalamazoo River Valley for the last 10 years. For the most part this research has been carried out by the Department of Anthropology's archaeological field school, which has been located in the lower valley during all or portions of 6 field seasons: 1968, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Prior to 1976, the Department's field program was directed by Elizabeth Baldwin Garland; and since that time by Garland and William Cremin.

With the inception of the Kalamazoo Basin Archaeological Project in 1976, the research objectives of our program in this universe have necessitated that we initiate systematic site survey as a means of acquiring data which could be used to delineate and explain prehistoric land use patterns. To collect these data, the first in a series of cross-valley transect surveys was conducted in the Hacklander site environs as part of the 1976 field school (Figure 1). On this occasion the survey was supported entirely out of the field school budget. Since then our survey program has been funded by National Register grants obtained through the Michigan History Division, Michigan Department of State.