On Sunday, 28 April 2019, Dave Hamilton, John Heintz, Ken Kosidlo, and Mike Mauer received the Volunteer Award from the Michigan Archaeological Society. They were recognized for their sustained contributions and dedication to the Castle Museum’s Clunie Site project. From 2004 through 2013 these guys formed the core of the team that conducted the field and lab work associated with the project.
To be sure, many individuals volunteered for the project and the contributions of all are greatly appreciated. However, the sheer amount of time and effort donated by these gentlemen sets them apart from the group. Their consistent presence was relied upon throughout the project’s duration. Indeed, the Clunie site project simply could not have succeeded without their efforts.
The hours they spent in the field number in the thousands. During that time they dug shovel-tests, excavated units and features, drew floor plans and wall profiles, swatted mosquitoes, took field notes, bailed out flooded excavation units, mapped the site, supervised less experienced volunteers, scratched poison ivy, walked miles hauling equipment and flotation samples, swatted more mosquitoes, loaded and unloaded canoes, and much more. Their efforts in the lab are even more impressive!
The contributions of Dave, John, Ken, and Mike far exceed simply the time spent. They freely shared their expertise and enthusiasm with other team members and could be relied upon to tackle and complete all the necessary tasks associated with field projects. I am truly grateful for having the opportunity to work with them for so many years. Individually and as a group these guys deserve the recognition they received from the MAS for their extraordinary contributions to the field of archaeology.
And it doesn’t end there! Julia Joblinski, a frequent volunteer over the past two years in the lab and at the Steltzriede Farm site, received the Michigan Archaeological Society Student Award! Julia was recognized for her scholarship and activities in the Anthropology/Archaeology program at Eastern Michigan University, her volunteer work at several archaeological sites in Michigan, and her active involvement in the MAS. Just more evidence that the Castle Museum Archaeology program attracts the best and brightest!
Congratulations to all for these well-deserved awards!