March 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members –

Belated March greetings! Due to the power outage last week, I am a bit behind schedule (more so than usual) in getting this out. Apologies.
March Meeting – THIS Thursday, 16th – 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 Daniel Harrison, a Doctoral Student of Wayne State University. His presentation is entitled: Let It be Well Done: a Corduroy Remnant of Hull’s Trace in
Brownstown, Michigan.

In the desperate summer of 1812, General William Hull, at the head of over two thousand troops, blazed a 200-mile supply road from Urbana, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. The route, known as “Hull’s Trace,” crossed the Huron River near the Wyandot village of Brownstown. While much of the route is still in use, time and human progress have all but eradicated the “traces of the Trace.”  Daniel Harrison, a historical archaeologist, tells the story of the only known surviving remnant of the original roadway.  As an archaeological site, it sheds historical light on this little-known but crucial episode in the struggle for control of the Old Northwest.

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.) Who would like to volunteer to bring in the coffee and/or treats to this Thursday’s meeting? You would need to stop at Paneras/Tim Horton’s/Starbucks/etc. on your way to the meeting and buy one of the cardboard to-go boxes of coffee (for 10-15 folks, with cups, lids). You would be immediately compensated upon handing in your receipt to HVC treasurer, Eric E. A package of cookies could be purchased at any time before the meeting and brought in, to also be immediately compensated upon submitting the receipt. One person can do coffee and another cookies. Please help this chapter to be successful and welcoming to members and non-members alike. Contact me ASAP if you can volunteer to bring one or both of these items in this Thursday.

2.) If you have not renewed your MAS membership for 2017 – PLEASE DO SO ASAP!
You may have “accidentally” forgotten to pay in 2016 but please pay for 2017. Also, if you scroll down to see news of our May meeting – you DO NOT want to miss out! It will be for members ONLY.

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. Or you can also bypass the meeting and directly email Marshall yourself at All feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated.

4.) 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.
New Business

1.) Upcoming MAS & Other Archaeology Talks:

Thursday, April 20th @ 7:30pm (HVC Meeting)

Our speaker will be Dr. Jeff Parsons, from the University of Michigan.  The title of his lecture will be: “The Archaeological Implications of Modern Saltmaking at Nexquipayac, Mexico.”
Salt was an important commodity in many ancient societies throughout the world.  This was certainly true in pre-Columbian Mexico where archaeologists have long been interested in how salt was produced, distributed, and consumed.  Despite this interest, Mesoamerican archaeologists have often had difficulty recognizing the material correlates of these salt-associated activities.  This has certainly been the case for my own research in the Valley of Mexico.  My presentation highlights the results of an ethnographic study of traditional saltmaking I undertook at Nexquipayac, Mexico in 1988.  I discuss how this study of the rapidly disappearing craft informs the efforts of archaeologists to better understand ancient saltmaking in pre-Columbian central Mexico.

Thursday, May 20th @ 7:30pm (HVC Meeting)

Our May meeting will be the final one before we break for summer. (Meetings will resume in September.) Like last year, we have prepared another blockbuster behind-the-scenes event! Current MAS members will be invited for a tour of the U-M Papyrology laboratory. Also, like last year, there will be limited places available for the tour and so you will need to sign up at the meeting this Thursday. More details forthcoming. (See attached flyer.)

Saturday, April 15th – MAS Spring Meeting

The MAS spring meeting will be held at the Michigan History Center in Lansing. Open to members and the public. General meeting in the morning with lectures in the afternoon. More details TBA.

2.) April 1st, 9-11am, Saline “Get Involved” Volunteer Fair at the Saline Rec Center

Our chapter is signed up to host a booth for this event. However, we still need a host! The table only needs 1-2 folks to run it. Help us increase our numbers and do your part to get the community involved and educated in archaeology. Contact me ASAP if you would like to run the booth. I have all the items, displays and information necessary to make the table look appealing.

3.) HVC Summer Book Club

Last year we revived the ol’ HVC summer book club. We selected a book before the summer break, read it over the break and then our first meeting back (in September) we held a book club discussion/member meet-and-greet/potluck. It was fun! Would you like to have the book club happen again this year? If so, what book would you like to read? We will discuss the book club’s likely continuation this Thursday.


New World

How each county in Michigan got its name

National Marine Sanctuary in WI (Lake Michigan) looking for public feedback

Finding North America’s lost medieval city. “Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.”

Archaeology smuggler caught with 500 stolen artifacts at Big Bend, TX
Archaeologists to explore Brookfield Indian ‘mound builder’ artifacts (Massachusetts)

Keweenaw Geoheritage: Ancient Copper Mining (Video)

Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country

Archaeology Under Attack  (Article excerpt only)

University of South Carolina discovery of widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars

Old World
Blenheim Palace discovers marble ‘flowerpot’ is actually £300k Roman coffin after antiques dealer spots during chance visit

Egypt thwarts 24 cases of antiquities theft in one week

Archaeologists Find Viking Age Toy Boat in Norway

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

Neanderthal microbes reveal surprises about what they ate — and whom they kissed
Rabbit hole leads to 700-year-old secret Knights Templar cave network
A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the World

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal

Misc. Arch Links, Blogs, Pop Culture

Ah, Finally, Ancient Clay Tablets for Dessert

Making McHistory? Businesses step up to preserve Rome’s antiquities.

13 Pictures That Capture the Wonder and Thrill of Archaeology

– Free online archaeology course from the University of Reading, UK (started March 6th!) Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

Primary School Students in Scotland Gave Dead Goldfish a Viking Burial… Farewell, Bubbles and Freddy
County that shelled out tax rebates for creationist Ken Ham’s Ark museum ‘teetering on bankruptcy’

– In DC on April 22nd, 2017? Then join in. –  Scientists Plan Washington March in Response to Trump

– And watch out for Lyme disease this dig season… it’s rapidly spreading and increasing! Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast
– More archy wit is attached below…


My dear HVC members, this will be my last newsletter to you as chapter President. As mentioned at the last meeting, family and career matters are requiring my full attention at this time. There may even be a move out-of-state for us this year. Hence, I need to immediately step down. Thank you for supporting me in this role over the past year, and then some. It has been my great pleasure to serve as your chapter President. I wish the chapter continued growth and success in all its future endeavors.


Deva Jebb-Albaba


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