GEORGE W. DAVIS RECOGNIZED BY MICHIGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
April 21, 2013 – SAGINAW, MI – George Davis, a charter member of the Wright L. Coffinberry chapter, was recognized by the Michigan Archaeological Society at the annual spring meeting “for his lifetime commitment of support, service, and significant contributions to Michigan archaeology since 1951”. George has worked on a number of sites in Michigan and served in various capacities in the chapter and state society over the past six decades. Congratulations George!
PRESERVING THE COLLECTION OF A LIFETIME – MLIVE
February 17, 2013 – JACKSON, MI – Brad Flory discusses a large prehistoric collection of artifacts preserved by MAS member Dan Wymer. See full article at http://blog.mlive.com/bradosphere/2013/02/preserving_the_collection_of_a.html
THE BIG GAME HUNTING CONUNDRUM – MAMMOTH TRUMPET
Januaury 2013 – ANN ARBOR, MI – Dr. John Speth, Professor and Curator of North American Archaeology at the University of Michigan, discussed new theories regarding Paleoindians in an article in the latest issue of the Mammoth Trumpet. He will present his findings at the Huron Valley Chapter meeting this May. Click here to read the entire article. The Mammoth Trumpet is a publication of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, website located at http://www.centerfirstamericans.com/index.php.
BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP FARM ARTIFACTS PROVIDE LINK TO MAN’S ANCESTORS – DETROIT FREE PRESS
October 14, 2012 – BRIGHTON, MI – Jim Totten from the Livingston County Press & Argus reports on finds made at the Warner site, a historic farmstead dating to 1841. The farm was occupied by five generations of the Warner family for over 170 years. Artifacts from six seasons of fieldwork were on display and a presentation given on the finds at Archaeology Day. See the reprinted article in the Detroit Free Press at http://www.freep.com/article/20121014/NEWS06/310140138/Brighton-Township-farm-artifacts-provide-link-to-man-s-ancestors
MACKINAC STATE HISTORIC PARKS RELEASES LATEST VOLUME
August 14, 2012 – MACKINAW CITY, MI – Mackinac State Historic Parks is pleased to announce the latest volume in its Archaeological Completion Report Series: Culinary Creolization: Subsistence and Cultural Interaction at Fort Michilimackinac, 1730-1761, by Jenna K. Carlson. Carlson compares faunal assemblages from French households and ethnically mixed households to tease out different procurement strategies in the same environment. Available from Mackinac State Historic Parks. $48.95 + s/h www.mackinacparks.com
GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER ANNOUNCES REAPPOINTMENT OF RICHARD MICKA TO MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COMMISSION
May 14, 2012 – LANSING, MI – From the Historical Society of Michigan: “Micka retired as vice president of administration for LA-Z BOY Inc. after 36 years of service. He serves as a member of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Historical Society, Michigan Archaeological Society- River Raisin Chapter, Genealogical Society of Monroe County and on the leadership council for the Community Foundation of Monroe County. Micka served seven years in the U.S. Air Force and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Detroit. He will represent the general public.”
FLINTKNAPPING – MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION KEEPS ANCIENT ART ALIVE
March 6, 2012 – PINCKNEY, MI – Huron Valley chapter president Bob Love gives an interview and flint knapping demonstration to community contributor reporter Rick Taylor. Bob is president of the Michigan Flintknappers Association which was founded twenty years ago. See the story at http://www.annarbor.com/passions-pursuits/flint-knapping-story/#.UCqCm6DNle-
DIVERS RETRIEVE PREHISTORIC WOOD FROM LAKE HURON – FROM SCIENCEDAILY
December 12, 2011 – ALPENA, MI – The Under the cold clear waters of Lake Huron, University of Michigan researchers have found a five-and-a-half foot-long, pole-shaped piece of wood that is 8,900 years old. The wood, which is tapered and beveled on one side in a way that looks deliberate, may provide important clues to a mysterious period in North American prehistory. Read the rest of the article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111212221026.htm
TRAVERSE CORRIDOR: A PREHISTORIC CROSSROADS RESEARCHED BY CHARLES CLELAND – FROM RECORD-EAGLE
December 11, 2011 – TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Little was known about prehistoric northwestern lower Michigan in 1966, when anthropologist Charles Cleland and his college archaeology students started 40 summers of digging around.
Cleland, then a Michigan State University professor looking for field-study opportunities for his students, had a hypothesis. He postulated that a prehistoric "Traverse Corridor," stretching from the base of Grand Traverse Bay to the Mackinac Straits, was used by early Native Americans during their warm-season migrations thousands of years ago. Read the rest of the article at http://record-eagle.com/local/x1181957070/Traverse-Corridor-A-prehistoric-crossroads
WARNER HOMESTEAD LISTED ON NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
September 15, 2011 – BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The largely unmodified 1855 Greek Revival house that has served as the ancestral home to six generations of the Warner family has been given final approval by the National Parks Service for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The property was first purchased by Timothy Warner, a pioneer from Livingston County, NY, in 1841. Members of the Warner family first arrived in Michigan in 1836 and have been active in the community in a variety of capacities beginning with naming of the town and township of Brighton. It is the only certified sesquicentennial farm in Brighton Township and one of four in Livingston County. Five seasons of archaeological excavation by Tim Bennett (a direct descendant) and his wife Kerry, along with many other volunteers has yielded thousands of artifacts that provide clues on changes in mid 19th through early 20th century agricultural lifestyles. The farm and family have been featured in periodicals such as Michigan History magazine (Nov/Dec 2009) and the Chronicle (Spring 2010). Tim and Kerry are avocational archaeologists currently serving as president and vice president of the MAS Saginaw Valley Chapter.
DR. WILLIAM LOVIS ANALYZES UPPER PENINSULA PALEOINDIAN BIFACE - FROM MSU NEWS
May 23, 2011 - EAST LANSING, MI — A 9,000-year-old cutting tool used by the earliest inhabitants of Michigan – recently donated to the Michigan State University Museum – sheds new light on the Paleoindian colonization of the Upper Peninsula, says an MSU anthropologist who analyzed the acquisition.
Found in Hermansville, this is the first reported Paleoindian biface – made from stone and used on both sides – found outside of Marquette County, according to Bill Lovis, professor of anthropology. Resident Dale Kenney found the biface while tilling his garden and a mutual friend brought it to the museum for further investigation. Hermansville is about 100 miles south of Marquette. Read the complete article at http://news.msu.edu/story/9409/.
DR. DAN FISHER AND DR. SCOTT BELD AWARDED THE 2011 GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
May 2011 - Dr. Dan Fisher (Professor of Paleontology and Curator of the Museum of Paleontology at U of M) and Dr. Scott Beld (Research Specialist at U of M) were recently presented with the 2011 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation at the State Capitol. The award recognized their work at the Riley Mammoth site near Saranac, MI. Read the complete article at http://www.sentinel-standard.com/features/x173158759/2011-Governor-s-Award-for-Historic-Preservation-Riley-s-receive-mammoth-award
Dr. David Stothers, former member of the River Raisin Chapter, passed away on February 8, 2013. Dr. Stothers was a retired Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toledo where he taught for 38 years and was director of the Western Lake Erie Archaeological Research Program. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Archaeological Society of Ohio in August 2012. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Phonescie Greek Restraunt which is located at the Student Union at the University of Toledo Second floor.
Robert E. Haltiner, 80, of Alpena, died Tuesday February 14, 2012 at Tendercare Alpena.
Bob was born June 29, 1931 in Alpena to Robert Gerald (Elsie (Miller) Haltiner and graduated from Alpena High School as Salutatorian, class of 1949.t He was in the US Army from 1952 -1954, serving as Chief non-commissioned officer in charge of Special Orders, Headquarters United States Army, Europe – Heidelberg, Germany. With his father he owned and operated Haltiner’s Hall of Ancient Man. Bob’s list of achievements was long and varied, including; founding member of the Coffinberry Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society, Grand Rapids, MI, member & Board of Directors of Michigan Museums’ Association, founding member of Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society, Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve, the Alpena Historical Society, a member of the Advisory Council for NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena City Historical District Study Committee, the US 23 Heritage Highway Committee and various state and national archaeological organizations. He was the Curator of the Jesse Besser Museum for over 30 years establishing most of their major collections. Bob was Past President and Vice President and long-time member of the Board of Directors of Thunder Bay Theater. A prolific writer, Bob wrote 11 books pertaining to Alpena and NE Michigan, publishing nine of them himself. He also wrote stories and articles for various state and national publications. Surviving are his sister, Lyola Sharp of Holt, MI and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Charmian DeRosia.
Alpena County Library will host a reception in celebration of the life of Robert E. Haltiner on Sunday April 1, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 pm. There will be a brief program followed by refreshments and time to socialize which is open to the public. On display will be Haltiner’s books and some photos of early Alpena. McWilliams Funeral Home – Alpena was chosen to assist the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Alpena County Library, Jesse Besser Museum or the Huron Humane Society. Please visit Bob’s personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com where you may share a memory or sign the on-line guest book.
George Hebert, member of the Saginaw Valley Chapter, passed away on August 27, 2011. George had served as an officer in the Army Air Corps during WWII and afterwards took a job as a business news reporter in 1946. He later became editor in 1971. George enjoyed archaeology and worked on a number of excavations in Virginia and most recently helped at the chapter dig on the Waterous Site in Grand Blanc, MI. He was 90 years old and our condolences go out to the family. His obituary is at http://nelson-house.com/obituaries.htm.
Frank Lafferty, current president of the Clinton Valley chapter, passed away on March 26, 2011 after battling an illness. Viewing will be at McCabe Funeral Home located at 31950 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, 48334 (248-553-0120) on Tuesday from 1-8. Service is Wednesday at 11 AM with burial following at Oakland Hills Cemetery at 12 Mile and Novi Rds. A luncheon at 2 PM will be at Nikola's on Telegraph just north of 10 Mile. Our condolences go out to the family.
Charlie Rinehart, member of the Upper Grand Valley chapter, passed away on January 23, 2011 at the age of 48. Charlie attended and graduated from Mason Public Schools and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College and his Master's from the University of South Carolina. He worked as an archaeologist for the University of South Carolina for 5 years. He had most recently been employed as a Senior Archaeologist with the Louis Berger Company since 1994. Our condolences go out to the family.
George Geib, member of the Coffinberry chapter, passed away on January 13, 2011 at the age of 67 after a lengthy battle with cancer. A long time member of the MAS, he also served as chapter secretary for seventeen years. He especially enjoyed spending his free time doing archaeological research at Charlton Park. Our condolences go out to the family.
Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Holman passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2006. At the 2006 Annual Meeting the following resolution was passed unanimously.
A Resolution Submitted To: The
Editorship of The Michigan Archaeologist
Contributions in her memory may be made
to: The Michigan Archeological Society