January 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a pleasant and/or relaxing holiday season.

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

At our January meeting, chapter member Daryl Wright will be speaking about his experience working in the underwater search business in the Great Lakes in a talk entitled Beneath the Great Lakes. The presentation will focus on shipwrecks and other interesting archaeological items Daryl has located over the past 20 years and includes underwater video from multiple sites, with special attention paid to the lists of Great Lakes shipwrecks published in 1886 newspapers.

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.) 2018 is here, which means the time to pay 2018 MAS dues has arrived with it. Members can send in their dues for 2018 whenever they choose. Membership info can be found at: http://miarch.org/join.html

2.) Mark Corrao will be bringing a number of donated archaeological books and magazines to January’s meeting, including back issues of The Michigan Archaeologist, local archaeology books, and North American archaeology books. These will be free to whoever wishes to grab them at the meeting.

Other Upcoming Events:

1.) January 11, 2018, 6:00-7:00pmFAST Lecture: Three Presentations by Anthropology Students, presented by Lauren Pratt, Kyra Pazan, and Brendan Nash at the Kelsey Museum. More info here.

2.) February 18, 2018, 6:00-7:30pmNew Archaeology Music, an interesting looking event in which U-M students and alumni will be performing their interpretations of a piece of ancient papyrus sheet music uncovered in the Karanis excavations. More info here.

A Few Interesting Links:

  • NYT Article discussing DNA findings from ancient baby reveal previously unknown branch of Native American family tree. (Thanks John!)
  • Article about new method which may debunk the myth that people in pre-modern societies had drastically shorter life expectancy.
  • Stone tools discovered in Saudi Arabia could help reveal when early humans left Africa.




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



Marshall Gaines,

HVC President



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