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Jackier Prize

Students handling objects at the Kelsey Museum

What is the Jackier Prize? 

In 2013, UM alumnus Lawrence Jackier and his wife Eleanor Jackier loaned 30 archaeological artifacts from their private collection to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in order to facilitate hands-on exercises for students. In addition, they donated the funding to establish a cash prize for undergraduates who participate in these exercises.

In 2014-2015, we opened the competition to all undergraduates at the University of Michigan. Jackier Prize winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to assist in an exhibition of their objects at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Learn more about the winners and read their essays:

What do I need to do to compete?

Write a 10-page essay on two related objects in the Kelsey Museum.  One object must be selected from a group of 10 artifacts available for hands-on examination and the other is selected from the Kelsey Museum’s permanent display.  The essay should be based on a combination of close examination of the objects themselves and detailed research. The goal of the essay should be to shed light on (a) the actual objects, (b) what they tell us about the ancient world, and (c) how the two objects relate to each other by highlighting both similarities and differences. 

Questions to be discussed may include:

● When and where were these objects made?

● Who made them, and how were they produced?

● Who were they made for, and how were they used?

● What do they tell us about the lives – the gender, the age, the social standing – of their producers and consumers?

● What can we learn from the histories of these objects themselves, such as objects originally made for a practical purpose, but later used as grave offerings?

● How were the objects discovered, and in what circumstances did they come to the Kelsey Museum? 

What are the 10 objects?

Images and information (including bibliography to use for your research) will be available here on September 5, 2017. Please check back then.