January 2017 Newsletter




Dear HVC Members –

Belated New Year’s greetings to you all. I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and in good spirits. Our January meeting is quickly approaching but first I want to welcome our newest chapter member: Charles A. Make sure to introduce yourself to Charles at the next meeting.

January Meeting – THIS Thursday, 19th – 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. Sherry Fox, of EMU, who will be presenting: The Bioarchaeology of the Human Skeletal Remains from the Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon.

I know we promised you retired U of M Professor Emeritus Dr. H. Wright as our January speaker but he had something come up at the last minute and has rescheduled with us for a later date.

Dinner – 6pm – Please RSVP

If you would like to join the speaker, chapter officers and HVC members for dinner beforehand, please RSVP with myself 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!

Old Business
1.) Thank you to the following HVC members for their generous donations to the MAS general fund and/or HVC fund: J.S., G.Y., R.W., and D.T. Your donations are greatly appreciated and I hope we can use them to grow our chapter and enhance our programs.
2.) If you have not renewed your MAS membership for 2017 – PLEASE DO SO ASAP!

3.) Have you seen the super HVC webpage our chapter V.P., Marshall Gaines, has created thus far? If not, please check out the site and bring your feedback to the upcoming meeting. https://hvcmiarch.wordpress.com/ Or you can also bypass the meeting and directly email Marshall yourself. All feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated.

New Business to be Discussed at Our Upcoming Meeting

1.) Annual Saline Volunteer Fair (now called ‘Saline – Get Involved!’) will be April 1st from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Saline Rec Center

– Last year, I ran the booth alone myself with half of it devoted to recruiting for the Saline Salt Springs Park Survey Project. There was a decent amount of interest from visitors. Do we want to host a booth again this year? If so, are we up for sharing our booth with the Saline Area Historical Society?

2.) Chapter Elections in March

– I will be stepping down as President of the chapter. Please consider running for any and all of the chapter posts. Positions are open to current paid members only.

3.) Upcoming HVC speakers:

Thursday, February 16th: In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones, by Dr. James Harrell, Professor Emeritus, University of Toledo

Thursday, March 16th: Let It be Well Done: a Corduroy Remnant of Hull’s Trace in
Brownstown, Michigan,
by Daniel Harrison, Doctoral Student, Wayne State University

Non-HVC speakers:
– Upper Grand Valley Chapter’s meeting/speaker this Thursday (see attachment).

Misc. Archaeology News From Around the World

It seems this last section of our newsletter is everyone’s favorite. Whenever I get any feedback, it always seems to be in response to the many links of current archaeology news/discourse I send out. If you would like to read more news about a certain region or period of time, let me know and I’ll see if I can dig up anything to add to the newsletters on your behalf.

– New World Archaeology News


Michigan mammoth bones: Lessons about early North American settlers

Here’s the rest of the story about what will happen at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne

17 Petroglyphs Briefly Revealed in Hawaii

Prehistoric Tattoos Were Made with Volcanic Glass Tools

Breaking Cahokia’s Glass Ceiling

Ancient Americans Mutilated Corpses in Funeral Rituals

Earliest human settlement of North America has new estimated date

– Scroll to the bottom to see the great map detailing what’s in the article The first Americans: How and when were the Americas populated?

– Old World Archaeology News

Early humans tending fires 800,000 years ago in Spain

Rare, Neolithic ‘Goddess’ Figurine Discovered in Turkey

Rare 3,300 year-old secret passage, first Hittite skeleton found in central Turkey

A Baby Was Buried Upon a Swan’s Wing in Denmark 6000 Years Ago

– 4,000 year old children’s rattle beautifully crafted as bear cub’s head: and it still rattles!
–  Production of butter from shea trees in West Africa pushed back 1,000 years

Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs, China

– Of course, we need some sort of beer + archaeology-related news… The Beer Archaeologist. By analyzing ancient pottery, Patrick McGovern is resurrecting the libations that fueled civilization

– Older news… Fossil analysis pushes back human split from other primates by two million years

– General article on Acheulean Handaxes: Were Acheulean Handaxes Hard-Coded Into Our Genes?

Under the Russians’ noses, looters continue to plunder treasures of Palmyra


– Contrary to the sad previous headline, there’s this Japan to Help Restore Persepolis

–  Chris Grayling gives go-ahead to road tunnel under Stonehenge:Transport secretary takes ‘big decision’ to transform A303 in move experts say could irreparably damage world heritage site
– Misc. Archaeology/Archaeology-Related Links, Blogs, Pop Culture

Top 10 Discoveries of 2016, from Archaeology Magazine
– Great end of year article: Why archaeology needs to come out of the cave and into the digital age

Trigger warnings about war graves do not molly-coddle archaeology students, they are essential

– The Subversive Archaeologist Blog (does not seem to be too active these days but has some interesting reflections in 2014 and 2013… especially on Paleolithic stone tools).

CRM Industry in the Age of Trump (from Acra)

Mummy Crowdfunder Leaves Archaeologists Fuming

– More mummy fans How the Global Bird-Poop Trade Created a Traveling Mummy Craze
Pioneering Women in Archaeology

The oldest human footprints by continent

The Hallmarks of Pseudoarchaeology

In England, You Can Camp in Abandoned Medieval Churches. “Champing” supports the upkeep of village churches, while offering travelers a unique overnight stay.
– Free book to read online… Ancient Lives: Object, people and place in early Scotland. Essays for David V Clarke on his 70th birthday

– An archaeology-related internet radio talk show (live on Wednesdays: Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology
– A fun, educational & quirky podcast (and blog): Cooking with Archaeologists

– Another light archaeological romp 4 Things You Lose When You Break Up With An Archaeologist
Genes for Good is a current scientific study by U of M that is looking for volunteers (in no way am I associated with it). You will not be paid for participating but you will get to see what your DNA tells you about your ancestry for FREE (… save a few $100 and skip purchasing one of those DNA Ancestry kits that are so popular right now) and more…. From the site: Genes for Good is a research study conducted at the University of Michigan. The major goal of the study is to engage tens of thousands of individuals in genetic research. The primary tool to accomplish this is the Genes for Good Facebook App. Participants engage in the study through the App, answer health-related questions, and view summaries of selected survey questions. Again, you must be a Facebook user, as participation is only possible through their Facebook App.


See you this Thursday!


Deva Jebb-Albaba

HVC President


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