May 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in our chapter! I hope have all had a nice May thus far. I hope your spring has gotten off to a good start and that those of you who are signed up for our tour of the Papyrology Lab this week are looking forward to it.

May Meeting – Thursday, May 18th – 7:30pm

This month’s meeting is a special one! Those who have signed up at previous meetings or via email will be treated to an exclusive tour of the University of Michigan Papyrology Lab, the largest collection of ancient papyri in North America. At the time of writing, the tour is currently full – there are no more open spots. Should anybody drop out prior to the date of the meeting, I will try to send out a mass email asking if anybody would like to take the freed up spot. As before, these will be on a first come, first served basis. That said, if you are signed up and will not be able to make it to the meeting, please email either myself or Cherokee Gonzalez to let us know – This is too good of an event to have empty slots!

We will be meeting up in the lobby of the Hatcher Graduate Library, at 913 S. University Ave at 7:30pm – don’t go to our normal meeting spot at the Kelsea, as we will not be convening there. If you cannot remember whether you signed up or not, email myself or Cherokee Gonzalez (, and we will let you know. Please check if you are not sure – we would hate to have to turn anybody away at the door. I wish we could include the entire chapter in this outing, but physical space is simply too limited in this venue. I hope any who missed the signup window are understanding. If you have any questions about where we are meeting or how things will be working for this exciting field trip, do not hesitate to email me directly.

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: Marshall Gaines. We hope to see you there!

If you’re confused as to where we will be meeting up in Hatcher Library (or where Hatcher is in the first place), many of us at the dinner will likely be walking there together, so you can “caravan” over there with us.

Old Business:

1.) Just another reminder to renew your MAS memberships for 2017. If you cannot recall whether you have paid your 2017 dues, shoot me an email and I will gladly let you know.

New Business:

1.) Saline Salt Springs Project 2017

Interested in joining MAS volunteers to get your hands dirty and do some real archaeology yourself? Join us in Saline, MI as we excavate the site of a future park. Get in touch with Deva at for more information or to join. You must be a current member of MAS or the Saline Historical Society to participate, and information about artifacts will not be shared with the public – you’ll have to join to see what fun things turn up!

No prior experience required. Just come prepared to work outdoors in dirt. Again, get in touch with Deva for more information. You could also email me, but I’ll likely just pass you along to her.


2.) HVC Summer Book Club

Last year we revived the ol’ HVC summer book club. Earlier this year, we decided to continue with the book club, and at April’s meeting, a book was selected! Members who would like to participate in the book club should read Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America by William K. Hartmann (available on Amazon and likely elsewhere) over the summer. A discussion will be held for September’s meeting.


3.) Seeking Volunteers to Work HVC Table at Saline Celtic Festival, July 15, 2017

We are still seeking volunteers to work our table for two hour windows at the Saline Celtic Festival on July 15. You will receive free admission to the festival if you volunteer. Any who are interested, please get in touch with me. Thank you!



Miscellaneous Archaeology Links

New World Archaeology News:

Interesting Blog detailing excavations of Nunalleq site in Alaska, including recovery and preservation of grass artifacts

Millstone Found at Cleveland Park Site

Excavations Resumed at El Pueblo Trading Post

Tribal Chief who signed treaty with Pilgrims to be reburied

Best of April 2017 in American Artifacts

Article discussing the controversial findings at the Cerutti Mastodon site

Archaeologists return to the site of the sunken HMS Terror

Worm Exterminator! Yikes!

Old World Archaeology News:

Unusual Animal Art in Egyptian Tombs

Upcoming Film Documenting Crowd-Funded Excavations of Lindisfarne Monastery

New haul of Homo naledi bones sheds surprising light on human evolution

Possible Punic Walls uncovered near Citadella

1800 Year Old Nomad Tomb Excavated in Central China

Discovery of 4,000 Year Old Egyptian Funerary Garden

Miscellaneous Articles

Dynamics that Shaped Early Human Culture


As before, let me know if you have any questions or comments at! I hope to see you all soon!



Marshall Gaines,

HVC President


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