November 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I apologize for the lateness of this newsletter; I’ve been rather busy with work the past couple weeks. For any who were confused, there is indeed a meeting this month (this very week in fact)! See below for details.

November Meeting – Thursday, November 16th – 7:30pm

For our November meeting, Dr. Emily Epstein, Principal Investigator at Commonwealth Heritage Group, will be presenting Nobi-ni Tse’tse’ede (House on the Cold One), an Original Occupation: Northern Great Basin Archaic Hunter-Gatherer Household Archaeology, Harney County, Oregon, an abbreviated version of her dissertation research.

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 will 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!


1.) 2017 is quickly coming to a close, which means the time to pay 2018 MAS dues is coming up. Members can send in their dues for 2018 whenever they choose; attached to this email is the membership form with updated dates. You can also go to and fill out an application there, but be sure to change the year to “2018” if you do so!


Other Upcoming Events:

1.) November 16, 2017, 12:00-1:00pmBioarchaeology of Adaptation to Climate Change in Ancient Northwest China, presented by Elizabeth Berger, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. Taking place at Ruthven Museums Building, Ann Arbor. More info here.

2.) November 20, 2017, 4:00pm-5:00pmA Drive Center from the 6th Century AD Yassi Ada Wreck and the Turning of Open Bowls in Antiquity, presented by Yigal Sitry at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. More info here.

3.) December 12, 2017, 6:30-7:45pmTransforming Education: Conversations about the past, present and future of university museums, presented by Terry G. Wilfong of U-M and Christopher Woods of the University of Chicago at the University of Michigan Museum of Art Auditorium. More info here.



A Few Interesting Links:

  • In case you missed it, as part of the lead-up to their Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817-2017 exhibit, the Kelsey Museum posted “200 Objects in 200 Days” highlighting some very interesting artifacts.
  • This article, about the potential of archaeologists misidentifying damage to bones from crocodile bites as evidence of stone-tool butchery, features a comment from friend of the chapter, Dan Fisher. (Thanks for sending this to me, John)!
  • Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues




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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