April 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I hope you’re all having a good start to your spring. We only have a couple meetings left before we break for the summer. The state meeting of the Michigan Archaeological Society is also coming up later this month in Saginaw.

Also, I remind you all that the position of chapter secretary is currently vacant – if anybody is interested in taking up the position, please let me know. More details about this, the month’s speaker, and the state meeting below.

April Meeting – Thursday, April 19th – 7:30pm

The speaker at this meeting will be chapter member and past speaker Daniel Harrison. His talk will be entitled:

Frontier Arms Race: The Story of the Cannons from the Detroit River

On October 5, 2011, an iron cannon barrel, corroded and covered with zebra mussels, broke the surface of the Detroit River for the first time in many years – but how many? Since 1984, six similar guns have been recovered from the same area. How and why did they come to be there?

Maritime archaeologist Dan Harrison traces the paths that led these cannons to their watery fate. It is a tale of the materialization of the Great Lakes, as French, Native Americans, British, and Americans competed for control of economic resources and strategic waterways during the turbulent 18th century.

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!

Michigan Archaeological Society State Meeting – Sunday, April 29, 2018

The state meeting will be taking place in The Morley Room of the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History (500 Federal Ave, Saginaw, MI). I encourage chapter members to make the trip up there for a day of interesting and exciting archaeology. There will be artifacts on display and a number of lectures.

Sign-in begins at 9:30am. A business meeting will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm, followed by an hour-long lunch break. Presentations will begin at 1:00pm and should be over by 4:30pm.

Presentations Planned

Dr. Scott G. Beld

The Arthurburg Hill Earthwork Enclosure:  An Early Woodland Fortified Village in central Michigan.

The Arthurburg Hill Earthwork Enclosure is an Early Woodland village (ca. 400 B.C.) surrounded by a ditch and embankment located in Ionia County.   A relatively dense occupation with lithic and ceramic artifacts was identified at the site.   This talk will describe the site, dating, the artifacts recovered and relationships within Michigan and surrounding areas.

Don Simons

Excavations during the late 20th Century at the Gainey, Butler, Leavitt, Gray and Barnes sites added much to the record of the colonizing era of Lower Michigan.  However, with the exception of the Holcombe and Samels Field research, the transitional era into the early and middle Archaic is very poorly understood.  Simons will share a portion of his research findings based on diagnostic artifacts and their contextual data to provide a glimpse of the early cultures of the Lower Great Lakes Region. 

Glenwood L. Boatman

30 years of Contributions of the Sandusky Bay ASO to the Archaeology of North Central Ohio.

Over more than 30 years the Sandusky Bay members have not only been artifact collectors but many have worked with and been trained by professional archaeologists and physical anthropologists.  This program presents the highlights of archaeological activity of the Sandusky Bay chapter’s work over 30 years.  Most of the work was done with Dr. David Stothers but since 2009 the chapter has carried out professional archaeology on its own, sometimes consulting professionals.  Members of the chapter have been responsible for funding more than a majority of radiocarbon dates run in North Central Ohio since 2000.  In addition members have provided a new research model for ceramics at Huron River sites from 300 B.C. to 700 A.D.  Members have written up reports and articles on the Taylor, Kendera, Dillon, and  Metz sites, we have dug and reported on the Heckelman Linear Ditches and Exploratory Trenches, and have updated the dating of the Seaman’s Fort Earthworks.  Members have also provided 20, 1 hour long programs on their work and have presented at professional archaeological conferences.   We were responsible for getting Dr. Michael Gramly to take another look at the Cedar Creek Mastodon site near Mansfield, Ohio which resulted in it now being declared a butcher site.


1.) Chapter elections took place at last month’s meetings. I am continuing to serve as chapter president, Cherokee Gonzalez is continuing as vice president, and Eric Ebel is continuing as treasurer. The position of chapter secretary is currently vacant – if any chapter members are interested in becoming the secretary, please get in touch with me at matugaines@gmail.com – I can give you an idea what sort of work is involved.

2.) If you have not paid your dues for 2018 yet, now is a good time to do so. Membership info can be found at: http://miarch.org/join.html

3.) The Michigan Archaeologist, the annual journal published by the MAS, should be caught up by the end of the year or shortly into 2019. Those who paid dues for previous years should receive the issues associated with those years.

Other Upcoming Events:

1.) April 13, 2018, 12:00-2:00pmMaterialities: Ancient and Modern, a conversation with Jaś Elsner and Annabel Wharton, facilitated by Ra’anan Boustan and Rachel Neis. More info here.

2.) May 17, 2018, 7:30pm – MAS Huron Valley Chapter May meeting. Speaker TBA.


As always, 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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