October 2016 Newsletter



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Dear HVC Members –

Fall is here and that means we’re back on schedule for our monthly speakers. Please note, there was a last minute change of speakers for October. Dr. Christopher Papalas, of Wayne State University, will NOT be presenting. Details of our October meeting are below.

October Meeting – Thursday, the 20th – 7:30pm

Our meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (ground floor), 434 S. State St, Ann Arbor.

Our speaker will be Sebastián Encina, MA, Collections Manager at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Title: What happens after it is uncovered?

Mr. Encina will discuss the collection, preservation, display, and review processes artifacts undergo once they leave the site and come to museums, such as the Kelsey.

Dinner – 6pm – RSVP Mandatory

If you would like to join the speaker, chapter officers and HVC members for dinner beforehand, please RSVP WITH ME at your earliest convenience. As per usual, our dinner with be at The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant, 512 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Reservations are for 6pm, under the name: Deva Jebb. We hope to see you there!


September Potluck Appreciation

We had a lovely potluck and book club meeting back in September. We do wish more of you had turned up, as you missed the amazing brownies and homemade chili, among other foodie delights – not to mention, some great conversation! The Zinns were gracious hosts and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. See first attached photo of just some of the food set out, with a few of the members starting to file in to fill their plates.

MI Archaeology Day WAS Saturday, October 1st

Supreme thanks to our own HVC member, Jim P., for stepping up and volunteering to host a booth featuring our chapter as well as the Saline Salt Springs Park Survey Project. Jim reports that there were 23 exhibitors (including our table), 4 presentations, 1035 visitors, and at least 200 kids that came to his table alone! Jim designed, set-up and manned the booth entirely by himself all day long. (See second attached photo of Jim and the thoroughly informative and attractive booth below.) We owe him a hearty thank you for participating in this popular event on our chapter’s behalf. THANK YOU, JIM!




Saginaw Valley Chapter Meeting – Oct. 6th – 7pm
Castle Museum of Saginaw County History
500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607

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.

Pioneer Day Open House, Saginaw – Oct. 9th, 11am-3pm
The public is invited to visit the 1833 Perry Historic House in Grand Blanc which is located at 5078 Perry Road one mile east of Saginaw Street. Our Pioneer Day open house events will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.

Experienced volunteers will conduct a full day of excavations beginning at 9 a.m. Visitors may visit the dig area, can also tour the interior of the Greek Revival style house and view a wide range of historic and pre-historic artifacts from the Perry property as well as artifacts from several other sites in the area. Other activities include primitive trail hiking, children’s activities, music and crafters, Perry family history. Food, drinks and bathroom facilities are available on site.

Mastodon Excavation Seeking Volunteers
Oct. 8-9 & 15-16, 9am-5pm
On October 8,9,15,16 we will be having a controlled dig for the mastodon bones found at The Fowler Center with the U of M Museum of Paleontology and the U of M Natural History Museum. This Facebook event page is to help keep you updated on what is happening. News story on project HERE.

The dates of the dig are October 8,9,15,16 from 9:00am-5:00pm. We will have volunteers on the day who will help get you signed in.
Two more recent TV news stories about this site and the excavation HERE and HERE.

Old World
– Earth Wobbles May Have Driven Ancient Humans Out of Africa

– Early Cats Traveled with Vikings and Farmers (I have to admit the graphic won me over on this article! 😉)

Tunisian remains found by British researchers prove 100,000-year human presence

Neolithic figurine, over 7,000 years old, unearthed at Turkey’s Çatalhöyük


As usual, please let me know if you have any general questions or comments, or ideas on how to make our chapter even stronger!

Deva Jebb-Albaba

HVC President


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