Author: Matu

October 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

Autumn is upon us, and with it both cooler temperatures and the first HVC meeting of the season.

October Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 18th – 7:30pm

The speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Bradley Ensor of Eastern Michigan University, presenting 15 Years of the EMU Archaeology Field School and Student Research. He will also be joined by Julia Joblinsky, a current student of his, who will present a synopsis of her 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!

Other Upcoming MAS Meetings/Speakers

l November 15, 2018 – Dr. Raven Garvey of University of Michigan

l January 17, 2018 – Kimberly Swisher, Graduate Student at University of Michigan

l February 21, 2018 – Martin Menz, Graduate Student at University of Michigan

l March 21, 2018 – Dr. Michael Galaty of University of Michigan

Announcements:

1.) Check out the Gordon Hall Archaeology Day being hosted by the Dexter Area Historical Society and the University of Michigan. Looks to be a good way to learn about some local archaeology! More info here.

 

2.) Be sure to check out the new Michigan Archaeological Society website at micharch.org/wp if you haven’t already done so (or even if you have, as new content has been posted pretty regularly there).

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

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

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September 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I hope you’ve all had a good summer! First of all, I’m sorry to inform you that we will not be having a September meeting – I had a speaker lined up, but our plans fell through too late for me to set anything else up. I have speakers set for our upcoming meetings, including our October meeting.

October Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 18th – 7:30pm

The speaker at this meeting will be Dr. Bradley Ensor of Eastern Michigan University. He will be updating us on the recent developments of the Eastern Michigan Archaeological Field School.

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!

Other Upcoming MAS Meetings/Speakers

l November 15, 2018 – Dr. Raven Garvey of University of Michigan

l January 17, 2018 – Kimberly Swisher, Graduate Student at University of Michigan

l February 21, 2018 – Martin Menz, Graduate Student at University of Michigan

l March 21, 2018 – Dr. Michael Galaty of University of Michigan

Announcements:

1.) Michigan Archaeology Day is October 13 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Michigan History Museum in Lansing! You’ll be able to meet archaeologists (including many MAS members) from around the state, learn about their research, and see one-day-only exhibitions at the museum. It is family-friendly as well, so all ages are welcome and will find activities to interest them! I encourage members to make the drive up to the state capital for the day.

2.) The Michigan Archaeological Society will be hosting a field workshop on October 20, sponsored in part by the memorial fund established in honor of long-time member Dency Terrill. This is a good opportunity to participate in archaeological excavations alongside fellow MAS members! See the attached flier for more information.

3.) Be sure to check out the new Michigan Archaeological Society website at micharch.org/wp if you haven’t already done so (or even if you have, as new content has been posted pretty regularly there).

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

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

May 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I’d first like to apologize again for the short-notice cancellation of our April meeting. I am very glad to tell you that Dan Harrison will be giving his presentation which was previously scheduled for that meeting at our May meeting. I hope you will all be able to attend and hear what is sure to be an interesting and engaging talk.

This will be our final meeting before we break for the summer – our next chapter meeting will be in September.

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.

May Meeting – Thursday, May 17th – 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!

Announcements:

1.) 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.) The Michigan Archaeological Society state meeting took place last month – David Cusack was elected as the new president of the Society. Former president, Dan Wymer, has taken up the position of Second Vice President.

3.) Be sure to check out the new Michigan Archaeological Society website at micharch.org/wp if you haven’t already done so (or even if you have, as new content has been posted pretty regularly there).

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

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

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.

Announcements:

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.

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

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

March (and a bit of warmer weather) is here, which means our March meeting is coming up soon. This is an important meeting for the chapter, so I’d like for as many of our members to attend as possible!

March Meeting – Thursday, March 15th – 7:30pm

The speaker at this meeting will be Ethan Epstein, a Principal Investigator at Commonwealth Heritage Group. His talk will be entitled:

Can Late Paleo-Indian response to changing resource availability inform modern political policy?

Tracking consistency and change in climate data, habitation sites, resource availability, and lithic datasets during the early Holocene (ca. 10,500–8,500 years ago) in the American Midwest and Great Basin region, my research suggests that improved access to specific resources led to increased sedentism among Late Paleo-Indian lithic societies.

When looked at through the lens of modern climate change, these findings suggest that we can predict an increase in human mobility and a consequent escalation in conflicts over resources as modern societies adapt to socioeconomic problems brought about and exasperated by a warming planet.

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!

Announcements:

1.) Our chapter elections will be taking place at the March meeting (March 15, 2018). I will run for chapter president again, and Cherokee Gonzalez has plans to continue as our Vice President if re-elected. Our secretary, Mark Corrao, plans to step down, so we will need to elect somebody to take over the position. If you are interested in this position, shoot me an email and/or be sure to attend the March meeting.

2.) Dan Wymer, MAS President, has requested that our chapter form a sort of “Membership Committee.” All this means for you, members, is that at our chapter meeting this month (and in April) we will have a bit of a brainstorming session about ways to increase membership and/or entice new members to join the MAS. If you are not planning to attend these meetings, or have an idea on your mind right now, feel free to share it with me via email. The ideas we come up with will be presented at the state meeting in late April.

3.) If you have not paid your dues for 2018 yet, now is a good time to do so. Only chapter members can run for office or vote in the chapter elections which are taking place this month. Membership info can be found at: http://miarch.org/join.html

4.) The new and revamped version of the MAS website will be launching at the end of March. Members and non-member visitors alike can expect a greatly increased number of features and a much more functional and up-to-date site.

5.) 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.) March 8, 2018, 6:00-7:00pmFAST Lecture: Halieis, City of Fishermen presented by Dr. Bradley Ault, Associate Profeessor and Chair of Classics, University of Buffalo, SUNY. More info here.

2.)March 21, 2018, 5:30-7:30pmMarch Science Cafe: Postcards from the Anthropocene looks like a very interesting event with multiple speakers. More info can be found here.

3.) March 22, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm West Meets East: Commerce Between Ancient Rome and South Asia presented by Dr. Sethuraman Suresh at the Kelsey Museum. More info here.

4.) 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.
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As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments at matugaines@gmail.com! I hope to see you all soon!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

February 2018 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

February is here, and our meeting is less than a week away! Hope to see you all there.

February Meeting – Thursday, February 15th – 7:30pm

At our February meeting, we will be treated to a talk by Mr. Sebastián Encina, Collections Manager at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Mr. Encina has spoken for our chapter before (in October of 2016, he gave a talk entitled “What Happens After It is Uncovered?” about how artifacts make their way to the Kelsey), and those who attended that talk surely understand why I am excited to welcome him back as a speaker.

The precise topic of this talk is still a little bit up in the air, but I may send an addendum to the newsletter later in the week to let you all know what it is.

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!

Announcements:

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.) I have some news to share with you about The Michigan Archaeologist, the annually published journal about archaeology in the state of Michigan which is published by the MAS. As many of you know, the society has been behind in publishing the journal for some time. According to MAS president Dan Wymer, Volume 57 of the journal (dated 2011) should have arrived via mail to paid members recently. Volume 58 is to be sent out around March 1. Volumes 59-64 (64 being the 2018 volume) are planned out and will hopefully all be sent out within the next year or two – I will have more information about this after an upcoming MAS state meeting later this month.

3.) Our chapter elections will be taking place at the March meeting (March 15, 2018). I will run for chapter president again, and Cherokee Gonzalez has plans to continue as our Vice President if re-elected. Our secretary, Mark Corrao, plans to step down, so we will need to elect somebody to take over the position. If you are interested in this, speak to me and/or Mark at the next meeting, or email me.

Other Upcoming Events:

1.) March 3, 2018 – Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival, taking place at Washtenaw Community College. Previous HVC speakers Dan Harrison and Daryl Wright will have booths at the festival, and it looks like there are a lot of interesting programs scheduled. More info available here.

2.) February 15, 2018, 4:10-5pmFAST Lecture: Analysing a Classical Greek Urban Community: The Olynthos Project, presented by Lisa Nevett, Drew Cabaniss, Machal Gradoz, Nadhira Hill, and Michael Koletsos. More info available here.

3.) February 21, 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.

4.) March 15, 2018, 7:30pmMarch HVC Meeting – Speaker and topic TBA

5.) March 22, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm West Meets East: Commerce Between Ancient Rome and South Asia presented by Dr. Sethuraman Suresh at the Kelsey Museum. More info here.

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

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

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!

Announcements:

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.

 

 

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

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President