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2016 Butterfield Award

The Honorable Ira W. Butterfield Award of the Conference on Michigan Archaeology recognizes the contributions of an avocational archaeologist who, through their actions, has made substantial and sustained contributions to the archaeology of Michigan.  In the spirit of Honorable Ira W. Butterfield such contributions may take many forms, such as publication of collections and field activities, the systematic reporting of archaeological sites, educational engagement with the public, activities directed at the long term preservation and management of significant sites for future generations, or other enhancements of the record of Michigan’s past.  The Honorable Ira W. Butterfield Award is by periodic nomination to the Conference on Michigan Archaeology by the membership through the Honorable Ira W. Butterfield Award Committee, and conferred as suitable candidates are identified.  Recipients of the Honorable Ira W. Butterfield Award will receive a plaque recognizing their contributions at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Archaeological Society.  Integral with receipt of the award is a monetary stipend in an amount sufficient for a conventional radiocarbon date.    

2016 Butterifeld Award Winners Plaque

Jeff Sommer (left) of COMA congratulates the 2016 Butterfield Award recipients Timothy and Kerry Bennett.  Photos courtesy of Tim Bennett.

The Butterfield Award