Don Simons

Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting, 4 May 2017

The May meeting of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will be held 4 May 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Castle Museum. This will likely be the final meeting before the summer break, so you won’t want to miss it! Chapter member Don Simons will be the featured speaker. He will discuss the prehistoric use of Flint Ridge, a colorful type of flint/chert (stone) found in central Ohio and widely used across the region. In the Saginaw Valley, Flint Ridge is found most frequently, though not exclusively, on sites from the Early and Middle Woodland time periods. Here is an example of a few random  Flint Ridge artifacts from the Saginaw Valley:

Early and Middle Woodland Flint Ridge Artifacts from Saginaw County.

As always, the public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting…it’s FREE! There will be artifacts made of Flint Ridge on display at the meeting. If you have artifacts that may be made of Flint Ridge, please bring them to show the group!

The official announcement from the Saginaw Valley Chapter is copied below.

 

Saginaw Valley Chapter
Thursday, May 4, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., in the Morley Room of the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, Michigan 48607.

We will have a short business meeting before the program.

Don Simons will present an overview of Flint Ridge artifacts and related subjects from sites in the Saginaw Valley to the bedrock mines in southern Ohio.

Flint Ridge chert is the state gemstone of Ohio. For Thousands of years it’s exceptional quality as a stone tool material and colorful beauty made it a major item which served in many ways the needs of the ancient cultures of the Midwest and beyond.

Bring in your Flint Ridge artifacts for display to the chapter members.

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Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will hold their monthly meeting here at the Castle Museum on Thursday, 6 April 2017. Don Simons will give a presentation on Iroquois ceramic technology and will highlight several examples of Iroquois artifacts from Michigan. Don always presents an interesting and informative program, so this is one you will not want to miss! As always, visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings. The official announcement from the SVC is copied below.

 

Saginaw Valley Chapter

April Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 p.m., Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Ave., Saginaw, MI 48607.
 
Don Simons, will present a photos showing ceramic technology featuring “The last Iroquois potter,” followed by several Michigan finds of diagnostic Iroquois ceramic artifacts and a revisit to material from Sanilac County found by Theresa Breza. During the early Euro-American settlement period the Iroquois were a major cultural group located in the general area of Lake Ontario, especially New York and Pennsylvania. Historic records indicate a series of expeditions to the west during periods of warfare. Was Michigan one of those destinations?  Archaeological researchers may find the answer.

 

Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting 6 October 2016

The Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 7 PM at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. Don Simons will once again discuss a variety of archaeological and historical topics based on original photographs taken by Fred Dustin. More information about Dustin can be found here. Last January Don gave a wonderful presentation based on photographs taken by Dustin in the lower Flint River Valley. This new program, focusing on the Cass River Valley in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth Townships, promises to be equally interesting and entertaining! To whet your appetite, here is a copy of a photograph of Ralph Stroebel standing in a cache pit along the Cass River in Frankenmuth Township. This photograph was taken by Dustin on 29 April 1934.
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As always the meeting/program is open to the public and people are invited and encouraged to attend. The official meeting announcement is copied below.

Saginaw Valley Chapter meeting
October 6, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Castle Museum of Saginaw County History
500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607

Program:

Don Simons will present part two of a potpourri of historic and prehistoric subjects which are based upon original photos taken by Saginaw Valley archaeologist Fred Dustin. In general, the topical area is the Cass River Valley in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth townships.

Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting 7 January 2016

The Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will be holding its first meeting of 2016 on 7 January at the Castle Museum. Don Simons will discuss the archaeology and culture history of the lower Flint River Valley and feature photographs taken by Fred Dustin. More about Dustin can be read in a previous post here. As always, visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. The official announcement is copied below.

 

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Ave,. Saginaw, MI 48607

Don Simons will give an overview of the record of cultural change in the lower Flint river valley; including, unique photos taken at Peonagawink by Fred Dustin, Saginaw archaeologist and historian.

Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting Thursday, 2 April 2015

The April meeting of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will be held April 2nd, 2015 at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. Don Simons will discuss late Prehistoric material from Saginaw County and elsewhere in Michigan. Don always provides an interesting and informative presentation and this one will be especially relevant to the Museum’s recent work at the Clunie site. As always, all are welcome to attend.

I don’t think Don ever made it out to the Clunie site, but here is a picture of him working at another museum project (20SA1251) in 2002. Although predominately Middle Woodland, we did find a bit of late Prehistoric material at this site!

20SA1251 field crew 11 July 2002. from left to right Don Simons, Mike Puffpaff, Bob Clunie, John Heintz

20SA1251 field crew 11 July 2002. from left to right Don Simons, Mike Puffpaff, Bob Clunie, John Heintz

Here is the Chapter’s official meeting announcement:

The Saginaw Valley Chapter April meeting will be on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607.

A presentation by Don Simons will compare and discuss artifacts from Saginaw County site #106 in the Simons site record, and the Dumaw Creek Site near Pentwater Michigan reported on by George Quimby in 1966.
In the 1993 “Michigan Archaeologist”, Dr. Scott Beld published his report on excavations he directed at the Late Woodland site, 20SA665.
Most familiar to most of our MAS members are the many years of reports / programs on the “Mississippian”, Late Woodland Clunie Site by Saginaw’s Castle Museum Staff Archaeologist, Jeff Sommer.
The above sites date close to the end of the prehistoric era and share various elements of their technologies. This presentation is intended to add yet another part to the Late Woodland record in Michigan.