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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

 

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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

 

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!

Announcements:

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 http://miarch.org/join.html 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

 

 

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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

 

October 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

October is here, and our meeting schedule continues to march on. There has been a slight change of plans for the October meeting, which will be detailed below. It should be a very interesting meeting, and I hope can all make it, despite a last-minute change of date.

October 2017 Meeting – Oct. 18, 2017 – 6:00pm

2017 marks the Bicentennial of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. As such, a special exhibition, entitled Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817-2017, will be opening on October 18 (ending May 27, 2018). Rather than holding our meeting on third Thursday of the month as we normally do, chapter leadership has decided to instead encourage members to attend the opening lecture for this exhibition.

The talk will be taking place in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State St, Ann Arbor. This is just a few doors down from our normal meeting place. The speaker will be Dr. Susan Alcock, discussing the future of archaeological museums. The talk is scheduled for 6pm-7:15pm with a reception to follow in the Kelsey Museum.

I understand this is a rather last-minute change of date and time for the meeting, so I hope you are all able to make it. The Bicentennial talk is a very relevant topic for our chapter, so we felt it would be a good opportunity to encourage our members to attend. Attached is a flier for the exhibition including the details mentioned above regarding the talk. More information on the exhibition can be found here.

November 2017 Meeting – Nov. 16, 2017 – 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.

This meeting will be a return to our normal schedule, and as such, we will be going out for dinner at the Cottage Inn restaurant at 6pm before the talk.

Other Upcoming Dates

Michigan Archaeology Day – Oct. 28, 2017 – 10am-4pm

Michigan History Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI

MAS encourages its members to attend this exciting annual archaeology event.

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I hope your Autumn is off to a good start, despite the lack of seasonal weather we’ve largely experienced. As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments (matugaines@gmail.com) and I will do my best to answer them!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

September 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

With summer coming to a close, it’s almost time for HVC meetings to continue. If you’ve been following along with previous newsletters, you know that our September meeting will be a special book-club discussion. I hope you have all had a great summer and are excited for MAS activities to start back up again.

September 2017 Meeting – Sept. 21, 2017 – 6:30pm

As mentioned previously, our September meeting will be a special potluck book-club discussion, hosted by our chapter’s own Ann Zinn! Unlike our normal meetings, this one will be limited to MAS member only. Bring your copy of Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America by William K. Hartmann and be ready to talk about the book. As it is a potluck, please plan to bring a dish to pass as well. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling Ann directly at 248-437-4183.

Here’s a little info about the location from Ann herself:

“We live at the south end of 40-acre Fish Lake in the SE corner of Livingston County, just across the Washtenaw County line from Whitmore Lake. The lake is a springfed, kettle lake, and our home is on top of a glacial kame. Our property has its own State of Michigan Archaeological site number: 20LV10. Henry Wright was involved in excavations here and has identified our homesite as a prehistoric “hunting maintenance site.” The SE Branch of the Huron River flows behind our home and into the Huron mainstream at Silver Lake Road in Livingston County near US23. Luckily the river behind our house is designated a “Natural River” tributary. It’s beautiful, wild, and full of wonderful birds. We have two acres on the lake, which is quiet and clean, with each resident having 200 feet minimum on the lake and acreage. Quite unusual for SE Michigan.”

Directions to get to Ann’s house are attached to this email.

I hope you have all enjoyed the book so far and are looking forward to discussing it! If you haven’t finished it, there’s still time!

October 2017 Meeting:

The normal meeting schedule will resume in October. After the September potluck meeting, our next meeting will be on October 19, 2017 at the Kelsey Museum. Further details will be announced in the next newsletter or at hvcmiarch.wordpress.com.

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I hope you’ve all had a relaxing and pleasant summer and will be able to attend upcoming MAS functions. As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments (matugaines@gmail.com) and I will do my best to answer them!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President