This site was relatively small, occupying less than one-quarter acre of a steep-sided knoll located about one-quarter mile inland from the Lake Michigan shore.
Archaeological investigations were begun in 1998 and continued through the fall of 2004. The site represents what archaeologists call a “single-component site” which means only one time period is present. These kinds of sites are relatively rare and are important because they can provide a clearer picture of the past. Fourteen hand-excavated units were dug in various locations throughout the site. Artifacts recovered include a chipped stone biface, flakes of chipped stone, and grit-tempered pottery.
|Overview of feature in excavation unit.||Excavated feature|
Radiocarbon dates suggest that the Christoff site was occupied around A.D. 100 by people of the North Bay culture. These groups are best known from spring and summer season fishing camps situated along the Door Peninsula coastline but Christoff was likely used as a fall season inland hunting station.