The Beaver Island Stone Circle languished for years, undiscovered and relatively undisturbed. Hot summer sun and frigid winters rolled by. Junipers spread across the open field, so much so that the patterns of the stones were not as evident. As the island grew in population there was a demand for large boulders to mark a driveway, corner a wall or even build a retaining wall to shore up a sandy ridge. The patterns of the circle were obscured, the rocks were taken to points around the island. By 1971, most of the accessible rocks were removed and again the site languished and became indistinguishable from the landscape. Depressions in the ground were the only mark of their former placement.
In 1985, M.T. (Terri) Bussey acting on Native American stories, history, intuition and hard work found and recognized the stone circle for what it was. A flurry of activity followed and Bussey quietly kept up her research, sometimes with friends and family or with the student groups that she brought to the island for many years. She photographed, measured and mapped the circle and also brought in qualified archaeologists and surveyors to assess the site. The Beaver Island Historical Society supported the find with interest and helped to form the Amik Circle Society, a group who acted to protect and preserve the site. This group included island residents, archaeologists, Native American elders, cartographers and geologists. A conference was held at the Central Michigan University campus on the island to make connections and to evaluate gathered information. Special recognition should go out to many island residents who supported this investigation.
Summers rolled by and more and more people became aware of all the archaeological evidence surfacing in the northern Great Lakes. With the revelation of the copper trade and the dated copper mines in the Upper Peninsula, it became clear that the Beaver Island Stone Circle and complex of sites was a focal point of this history.
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