November 2016 Newsletter



Dear HVC Members –

I hope you are all well and excited to see that the November newsletter actually came out before October was even over! Don’t get too excited about my punctuality as I’m simply and temporarily stepping away from the HVC presidency for the months of November and December to attend to some changes on the homefront. In line with this, I will NOT be attending the November meeting. HVC Vice President, Marshall Gaines, will be running the meeting. Please give him your full, undivided attention and direct any and all comments, questions or concerns to him for the months of November and December. I will not be answering many emails/calls for these two months, or at least will do so at a delay. Thank you for your patience.

November Meeting – Thursday, 17th – 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 Dr. Megan Moore, of EMU, who will be presenting: “Michigan Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology: Complications of interpreting antemortem and perimortem trauma versus postmortem Taphonomy.”

Dinner – 6pm – Please RSVP

If you would like to join the speaker, chapter officers and HVC members for dinner beforehand, please RSVP WITH MARSHALL 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. Despite me not being there, reservations are for 6pm, under the name: Deva Jebb. We hope to see you there!


– If you enjoyed October’s speaker, Sebastian Encina of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, you can follow him (and other Kelsey staff) on the Kelsey’s blog. HERE you will find the recent blog post by Susan Davis about the mummies getting scanned, which he mentioned in his recent talk to our chapter. He also mentioned a recent article in the NYTimes about ink wells from Kiranis, from the Kelsey’s collections, being studied and the interesting related findings. However, I was not able to locate this article online – feel free to hunt it down yourself!

– As per usual, THERE WILL BE NO HVC MEETING IN DECEMBER. I also cannot guarantee a chapter newsletter from myself for the month of December. If I do not write one, then perhaps a chapter officer will send one out.

– We will resume our regular meetings in January. Dr. Henry Wright, U-M Prof Emeritus and long-time HVC member and supporter will be our speaker for the new year. Don’t miss out!

– Please remember that as of January 1st your MAS membership will need to be renewed! I keep some of you on this mailing list, as a courtesy and in hoping you will renew (as you have not paid since 2014 or 2015) but I will be removing you come January 2017 if you do not renew your membership. You can easily pay your 2017 MAS fees online via PayPal HERE.


1)  Archeological dig continues on historical farm house in Saginaw County

2)  YouTube video from: We are very proud to present the lecture by Randolph Beebe at the 2016 Copper Country Ancient Sites Conservancy Conference titled “Who Was Mining Copper On Isle Royale In The Year 4016 B.C.?” Additional lectures filmed at our 2nd. annual conference, by video documentary maker Todd James Rongstad, will be added as soon as they are processed. See video HERE.

3) YouTube video from: “We are very proud to present the lecture by our good Canadian friend, Dr. Scott Hamilton of Lakehead University at the 2016 Copper Country Ancient Sites Conservancy Conference titled: “Aerial Archaeology Using Drones.” Additional lectures filmed at our 2nd. annual conference, by video documentary maker Todd James Rongstad, will be added as soon as they are processed. See video HERE.

4) CMU Field school 2017 announcement – see first attachment below.

Michigan Mastodons & Mammoths in the News!

5)  University of Michigan Museum of Natural History – Facebook Post – Oct. 17th 2016. The #BristleMammoth was found in silty pond sediment. The U-M excavation team also found a few large rocks of a size not normally found in this kind of pond sediment. This suggests that the mammoth was placed in the pond as a food cache for winter, or even for use during the following spring or early summer. The rocks could have been used like a boat anchor, to tether the meat to a central point in the pond. Exhibit opens Nov. 5!

6) Michigan team recovers most complete ice age mastodon skeleton in decades

7) Mastodon Found in Michigan May Have Been Butchered

8.) Huge 13,000-year-old mastodon is found in a Michigan field two years after a few mystery bones were discovered by students



What color did the Vikings paint their houses?

Genetic Study of Bison Offers Clue to Cave Painting Conundrum

Siberia’s Stone Idols

Wreck of German U-boat found off coast of Stranraer (UK)

Scientists discover hundreds of footprints left at the dawn of modern humanity

Ancient Greeks may have built China’s famous Terracotta Army – 1,500 years before Marco Polo

700 bottles containing ancient antidepressants, heart medication found in Istanbul

– Mammoth exploitation in Schwabian Jura (Germany) – new article in press from my colleagues in Germany (see third attachment below).

– Rather big news across the internet right now (there’s various articles if you Google this): Maritime archaeologists accidentally discovered 40 ancient shipwrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea

Today’s HPV came from trysts between Neanderthals and early humans

Earliest evidence found for right-handedness in the fossil record

Our ancestors chose reeds over grain when quitting nomadic life


Searching for Endangered Sites of North Carolina – “The rock is covered with approximately 1,548 carvings, more than any other known petroglyph boulder in the eastern United States.”

Sayhuite Stone (Peru) – the mystery behind the giant rock contain more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures

Ancient Tools, Bones Reveal Humans Arrived in South America Earlier than Thought

– A study of two lakes in Canada suggests the first people to migrate to the Americas, around 16,000 years ago, traveled down the western coast rather than along an inland route.

Earliest depictions of Spanish conquerors discovered on walls of remote Mexican caves


Monkeys are seen making stone flakes!  or Those Ancient Stone Tools — Did Humans Make Them, Or Was It Really Monkeys?

Press Release – Official launch of the journal Palaeoindian Archaeology

– Read this with a grain of salt… Feel good article for us archaeologists but scientifically proven? Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

– UK-based crowdfunding campaign for photographic exhibition of trowelblazing women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists.

Capturing the Light of the Nile: early photos of Egypt’s wonders. (AramcoWorld, yes, SaudiAramco Oil Co. actually puts out this beautiful FREE magazine all about the Arab world… I highly recommend subscribing to it as it offers a wealth of knowledge about this part of the world by amazing authors, writers, artists, & contributors.)

Ancient crops are the future for our dinner plates.

– For those of you out there recording shipwrecks, here’s a free guidebook: “A Guide to Underwater and Foreshore Archaeology Techniques, Methods and Tools.” The guide shows how to record shipwrecks, it includes the survey science behind each method and has examples of how it can be done.

– Another free book to download: “Stone Tools of Minnesota” (ID guide).

– Thanks to HVC member, Brandon G., for this great website and one of its many resources: Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make Flintknapping Tools

– Some archaeology humor, of course! (Thanks to Eric E.) Archaeologist: “First Humans Used Primitive Samsungs To Start Fires”

For Your Halloween-Related Reading Pleasure: Horrific Archaeological Mysteries, Murders & More!

Modern Halloween’s closest ancient relative may be Samhain, which according to Irish tradition was a time when doorways to the spirit world were opened, allowing the dead to visit the living world.

Looking for the roots of Halloween in Ireland’s Boyne Valley

German Castle Yields Possible 17th-Century Murder Victim

Believed to be the most horrific place in Europe, the Chillingham Castle has seen many wars, deaths and tortures since the 12th century

Halloween treat: a night at Dracula’s castle in Transylvania

See you in January!


Deva Jebb-Albaba

HVC President

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