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

 

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June 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I hope you are all having a great start to your summer and keeping cool, or enjoying the blazing heat if that’s your thing.

Summer Break

We are off for the summer, so our next meeting will be on September 21, 2017. It will be a special potluck meeting to discuss the book we are reading as part of our Book Club. More details about the meeting will go out with the July and August newsletters; more details about the book club can be found below.

Old Business:

1.) Just another reminder to renew your MAS memberships for 2017. If you cannot recall whether you have paid your 2017 dues, shoot me an email and I will gladly let you know.

2.) Saline Salt Springs Project 2017

Interested in joining MAS volunteers to get your hands dirty and do some real archaeology yourself? Join us in Saline, MI as we excavate the site of a future park. Get in touch with Deva at mdevajebb@gmail.com for more information or to join. You must be a current member of MAS or the Saline Historical Society to participate, and information about artifacts will not be shared with the public – you’ll have to join to see what fun things turn up!

No prior experience required. Just come prepared to work outdoors in dirt. Again, get in touch with Deva for more information. You could also email me, but I’ll likely just pass you along to her.

3.) HVC Summer Book Club

Last year we revived the ol’ HVC summer book club. Earlier this year, we decided to continue with the book club, and at April’s meeting, a book was selected! Members who would like to participate in the book club should read Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America by William K. Hartmann (available on Amazon and likely elsewhere) over the summer. A discussion will be held for September’s meeting.

I picked up my copy recently! There’s plenty of time to get yours and read at a leisurely pace over the summer months.

4.) Seeking Volunteers to Work HVC Table at Saline Celtic Festival, July 15, 2017

We are still seeking volunteers to work our table for two hour windows at the Saline Celtic Festival on July 15. You will receive free admission to the festival if you volunteer. Any who are interested, please get in touch with me. Thank you!
Miscellaneous Archaeology Links

New World Archaeology News:

100-Year Old Shipwreck Discovered off the Coast of California

8,000-13,000 Year Old Native American Site Discovered off Southern California Coast

Press Release about Above Site from NPS

3,000 Years BP Copper Mask Discovered in Argentina

500+ Year Old Aztec Temple Unearthed in Mexico City

Old World Archaeology News:

They found a “Thing!”

Tomb of Egyptian King Senwosret III (~1850 B.C.) to Open to the Public

Beaver Teeth May Have Been Used to Carve 11,000 Year Old “Shigir Idol”

Interesting Article on the Origins of Fire Use Among Hominins

Holes Drilled in Cliffs in Sudan may be Evidence of Mesolithic Structures

Apparent 300,000 Year Old Homo sapiens Bones Discovered in Morocco

Miscellaneous Articles

How Cats “Conquered the World”

Article Considering Reasons Behind Destruction of Artifacts and Heritage Sites by ISIL

Oxford’s Official Announcement of the EAMENA Database, Cataloging 20,000 Sites Endangered by Conflict and Other Agents of Destruction in the Middle East

“A History of The Entire World, I guess” – Funny little video that went around. It’s a fun watch, if silly (Warning: Contains whimsical profanity).

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As before, let me know if you have any questions or comments at matugaines@gmail.com! Enjoy the longest day of the year tomorrow and carry that positive trajectory through the entire season!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

May 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in our chapter! I hope have all had a nice May thus far. I hope your spring has gotten off to a good start and that those of you who are signed up for our tour of the Papyrology Lab this week are looking forward to it.

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

This month’s meeting is a special one! Those who have signed up at previous meetings or via email will be treated to an exclusive tour of the University of Michigan Papyrology Lab, the largest collection of ancient papyri in North America. At the time of writing, the tour is currently full – there are no more open spots. Should anybody drop out prior to the date of the meeting, I will try to send out a mass email asking if anybody would like to take the freed up spot. As before, these will be on a first come, first served basis. That said, if you are signed up and will not be able to make it to the meeting, please email either myself or Cherokee Gonzalez to let us know – This is too good of an event to have empty slots!

We will be meeting up in the lobby of the Hatcher Graduate Library, at 913 S. University Ave at 7:30pm – don’t go to our normal meeting spot at the Kelsea, as we will not be convening there. If you cannot remember whether you signed up or not, email myself or Cherokee Gonzalez (cherokeegonzalez95@gmail.com), and we will let you know. Please check if you are not sure – we would hate to have to turn anybody away at the door. I wish we could include the entire chapter in this outing, but physical space is simply too limited in this venue. I hope any who missed the signup window are understanding. If you have any questions about where we are meeting or how things will be working for this exciting field trip, do not hesitate to email me directly.

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 with 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!

If you’re confused as to where we will be meeting up in Hatcher Library (or where Hatcher is in the first place), many of us at the dinner will likely be walking there together, so you can “caravan” over there with us.

Old Business:

1.) Just another reminder to renew your MAS memberships for 2017. If you cannot recall whether you have paid your 2017 dues, shoot me an email and I will gladly let you know.

New Business:

1.) Saline Salt Springs Project 2017

Interested in joining MAS volunteers to get your hands dirty and do some real archaeology yourself? Join us in Saline, MI as we excavate the site of a future park. Get in touch with Deva at mdevajebb@gmail.com for more information or to join. You must be a current member of MAS or the Saline Historical Society to participate, and information about artifacts will not be shared with the public – you’ll have to join to see what fun things turn up!

No prior experience required. Just come prepared to work outdoors in dirt. Again, get in touch with Deva for more information. You could also email me, but I’ll likely just pass you along to her.

 

2.) HVC Summer Book Club

Last year we revived the ol’ HVC summer book club. Earlier this year, we decided to continue with the book club, and at April’s meeting, a book was selected! Members who would like to participate in the book club should read Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America by William K. Hartmann (available on Amazon and likely elsewhere) over the summer. A discussion will be held for September’s meeting.

 

3.) Seeking Volunteers to Work HVC Table at Saline Celtic Festival, July 15, 2017

We are still seeking volunteers to work our table for two hour windows at the Saline Celtic Festival on July 15. You will receive free admission to the festival if you volunteer. Any who are interested, please get in touch with me. Thank you!

 

 

Miscellaneous Archaeology Links

New World Archaeology News:

Interesting Blog detailing excavations of Nunalleq site in Alaska, including recovery and preservation of grass artifacts

Millstone Found at Cleveland Park Site

Excavations Resumed at El Pueblo Trading Post

Tribal Chief who signed treaty with Pilgrims to be reburied

Best of April 2017 in American Artifacts

Article discussing the controversial findings at the Cerutti Mastodon site

Archaeologists return to the site of the sunken HMS Terror

Worm Exterminator! Yikes!

Old World Archaeology News:

Unusual Animal Art in Egyptian Tombs

Upcoming Film Documenting Crowd-Funded Excavations of Lindisfarne Monastery

New haul of Homo naledi bones sheds surprising light on human evolution

Possible Punic Walls uncovered near Citadella

1800 Year Old Nomad Tomb Excavated in Central China

Discovery of 4,000 Year Old Egyptian Funerary Garden

Miscellaneous Articles

Dynamics that Shaped Early Human Culture

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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

April 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members,

I hope your spring has gotten off to a good start! Before anything else, I’d like to thank Deva for her service as chapter president and all of you folks for electing me chapter president. I hope I will be able to serve the chapter as well as my predecessors. Please bear with me as I settle into this role for the first few months. I will be traveling for work, so may miss some meetings, but I will do my best to respond to any emails or other correspondence. You can get in touch with me directly at matugaines@gmail.com – I welcome any questions, suggestions, or criticism. I’d also like to congratulate Cherokee Gonzalez for being elected vice president of the chapter and thank Mark Corrao and Eric Ebel for stepping up and reprising their roles as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

April Meeting – Thursday, April 20th – 7:30pm

Our meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (ground floor), 434 S. State St, Ann Arbor. Open to current, former, and non-members.

This month’s speaker will be Dr. Jeff Parsons, from the University of Michigan. His presentation is entitled, The Archaeological Implications of Modern Saltmaking at Nexquipayac, Mexico.

Salt was an important commodity in many ancient societies throughout the world. This was certainly true in pre-Columbian Mexico where archaeologists have long been interested in how salt was produced, distributed, and consumed. Despite this interest, Mesoamerican archaeologists have often had difficulty recognizing the material correlates of these salt-associated activities. This has certainly been the case for my own research in the Valley of Mexico. My presentation highlights the results of an ethnographic study of traditional saltmaking I undertook at Nexquipayac, Mexico in 1988. I discuss how this study of the rapidly disappearing craft informs the efforts of archaeologists to better understand ancient saltmaking in pre-Columbian central Mexico.

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 with 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!

As I am currently traveling for work, I will not be able to attend the April meeting. Our new VP, Cherokee Gonzalez, will lead the meeting in my absence. I will still be answering emails on the road, so feel free to get in touch with me.

Old Business:

1.) Would anybody like to volunteer to bring in the coffee and/or treats to this Thursday’s meeting? You would need to stop at Paneras/Tim Horton’s/Starbucks/etc. on your way to the meeting and buy one of the cardboard to-go boxes of coffee (for 10-15 folks, with cups, lids). You would be immediately compensated upon handing in your receipt to HVC treasurer, Eric E. A package of cookies could be purchased at any time before the meeting and brought in, to also be immediately compensated upon submitting the receipt. One person can do coffee and another cookies. Please help this chapter to be successful and welcoming to members and non-members alike. Contact me ASAP if you can volunteer to bring one or both of these items in this Thursday.

2.) If you have not renewed your MAS membership for 2017 – PLEASE DO SO ASAP!
You may have “accidentally” forgotten to pay in 2016 but please pay for 2017. Also, if you scroll down to see news of our May meeting – you DO NOT want to miss out! It will be for members ONLY.

3.) If you haven’t yet done so, please take a look at the new website I’ve been building for our chapter at https://hvcmiarch.wordpress.com/ The website’s basic structure is finished, but I do have some additions and changes I plan to make, including an “archive” of our past meetings and speakers. Please pass any comments you have, positive or negative, onto me at matugaines@gmail.com or in person when you see me.

My plan for the website is to have it replace our current chapter site, located at http://www.miarch.org/chapters/huron-valley.html My reasons for this are mainly twofold: Firstly, the current website is dated and does not give us much space to talk about what is going on with the chapter. Secondly, with our new website, I (and other chapter officers) will be able to update the website in a matter of minutes rather than having to email state officers and wait for them to get to it. I plan to email Dan Wymer, MAS president, to have him update the link to our chapter page such that it will send people to the new website when they click on it. My aim is to do this near the end of April or beginning of May, so please bring up any concerns you may have either at the April meeting or by emailing me. I appreciate any feedback you all may give. Thank you!

New Business:

1.) Upcoming MAS & Other Archaeology Talks:

Thursday, May 20th @ 7:30pm (HVC Meeting)

Our May meeting will be the final one before we break for summer. (Meetings will resume in September.) Like last year, we have prepared another blockbuster behind-the-scenes event! Current MAS members will be invited for a tour of the U-M Papyrology laboratory. Also, like last year, there will be limited places available for the tour and so you will need to sign up either at the April meeting or by emailing Cherokee Gonzalez at cherokeegonzalez95@gmail.com At time of writing this newsletter, we have ten people signed up to go. There are only about twenty available spaces, so if you’re interested, make sure your membership is up to date and get in touch with Cherokee! See the flier attached to this newsletter for more information.

Saturday, April 15th – MAS Spring Meeting

The MAS spring meeting will be held at the Michigan History Center in Lansing. Open to members and the public. The business meeting will be from 10:00 A.M. until Noon in the Learning Room. Presentations will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the auditorium.

Tim Bennett will present:

The Three Rs: Relocation, Restoration, and Archaeological Research of the Hicks School.

Dr. Dan Fisher will present:

Discovery and Preliminary Interpretation of the Bristle Mammoth, near Chelsea, Michigan.

 

Dr. John O’Shea will present:

The End of an Era? Early Holocene Caribou Hunting Strategies in the Upper Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes region has enjoyed a long, rich and varied history. Much of this history is known, but a great deal of information lies hidden waiting to be discovered. The Michigan Archaeological Society was formed in the 1930s for people dedicated to unearthing the past. The MAS now has a number of chapters throughout the state and members across the country, and we would like to invite you to join us.

Come to the meeting prepared to pay a $5 or $6 admissions fee to the museum. There are some very interesting looking talks lined up!

3.) Saline Salt Springs Project 2017

Interested in joining MAS volunteers to get your hands dirty and do some real archaeology yourself? Join us in Saline, MI as we excavate the site of a future park. Get in touch with Deva at mdevajebb@gmail.com for more information or to join. You must be a current member of MAS or the Saline Historical Society to participate, and information about artifacts will not be shared with the public – you’ll have to join to see what fun things turn up!

No prior experience required. Just come prepared to work outdoors in dirt. Again, get in touch with Deva for more information. You could also email me, but I’ll likely just pass you along to her.

 

4.) HVC Summer Book Club

Last year we revived the ol’ HVC summer book club. We selected a book before the summer break, read it over the break and then our first meeting back (in September) we held a book club discussion/member meet-and-greet/potluck. It was fun! Would you like to have the book club happen again this year? If so, what book would you like to read? We will discuss the book club’s likely continuation during the April meeting.

 

Miscellaneous Archaeology Links are taking a month off, but I plan to have some good reading for you all in upcoming newsletters!

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HVC members, thank you for reading my first newsletter as chapter president. I look forward to what the future holds for our chapter, and I hope you do as well. Again, I implore you to email me with any questions, concerns, or inquiries. I will do my best to answer. Thank you all.

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Gaines,

HVC President

 

March 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members –

Belated March greetings! Due to the power outage last week, I am a bit behind schedule (more so than usual) in getting this out. Apologies.
March Meeting – THIS Thursday, 16th – 7:30pm

Our meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (ground floor), 434 S. State St, Ann Arbor.

Our speaker will be Daniel Harrison, a Doctoral Student of Wayne State University. His presentation is entitled: Let It be Well Done: a Corduroy Remnant of Hull’s Trace in
Brownstown, Michigan.

In the desperate summer of 1812, General William Hull, at the head of over two thousand troops, blazed a 200-mile supply road from Urbana, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. The route, known as “Hull’s Trace,” crossed the Huron River near the Wyandot village of Brownstown. While much of the route is still in use, time and human progress have all but eradicated the “traces of the Trace.”  Daniel Harrison, a historical archaeologist, tells the story of the only known surviving remnant of the original roadway.  As an archaeological site, it sheds historical light on this little-known but crucial episode in the struggle for control of the Old Northwest.

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 with be at The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant, 512 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Reservations are for 6pm, under the name: Deva Jebb. We hope to see you there!

Old Business

1.) Who would like to volunteer to bring in the coffee and/or treats to this Thursday’s meeting? You would need to stop at Paneras/Tim Horton’s/Starbucks/etc. on your way to the meeting and buy one of the cardboard to-go boxes of coffee (for 10-15 folks, with cups, lids). You would be immediately compensated upon handing in your receipt to HVC treasurer, Eric E. A package of cookies could be purchased at any time before the meeting and brought in, to also be immediately compensated upon submitting the receipt. One person can do coffee and another cookies. Please help this chapter to be successful and welcoming to members and non-members alike. Contact me ASAP if you can volunteer to bring one or both of these items in this Thursday.

2.) If you have not renewed your MAS membership for 2017 – PLEASE DO SO ASAP!
You may have “accidentally” forgotten to pay in 2016 but please pay for 2017. Also, if you scroll down to see news of our May meeting – you DO NOT want to miss out! It will be for members ONLY.

3.) Have you seen the super HVC webpage our chapter V.P., Marshall Gaines, has created thus far? If not, please check out the site and bring your feedback to the upcoming meeting. https://hvcmiarch.wordpress.com/ Or you can also bypass the meeting and directly email Marshall yourself at matugaines@gmail.com. All feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated.

4.) Chapter Elections in March

– I will be stepping down as President of the chapter. Please consider running for any and all of the chapter posts. Positions are open to current paid members only.
New Business

1.) Upcoming MAS & Other Archaeology Talks:

Thursday, April 20th @ 7:30pm (HVC Meeting)

Our speaker will be Dr. Jeff Parsons, from the University of Michigan.  The title of his lecture will be: “The Archaeological Implications of Modern Saltmaking at Nexquipayac, Mexico.”
Salt was an important commodity in many ancient societies throughout the world.  This was certainly true in pre-Columbian Mexico where archaeologists have long been interested in how salt was produced, distributed, and consumed.  Despite this interest, Mesoamerican archaeologists have often had difficulty recognizing the material correlates of these salt-associated activities.  This has certainly been the case for my own research in the Valley of Mexico.  My presentation highlights the results of an ethnographic study of traditional saltmaking I undertook at Nexquipayac, Mexico in 1988.  I discuss how this study of the rapidly disappearing craft informs the efforts of archaeologists to better understand ancient saltmaking in pre-Columbian central Mexico.

Thursday, May 20th @ 7:30pm (HVC Meeting)

Our May meeting will be the final one before we break for summer. (Meetings will resume in September.) Like last year, we have prepared another blockbuster behind-the-scenes event! Current MAS members will be invited for a tour of the U-M Papyrology laboratory. Also, like last year, there will be limited places available for the tour and so you will need to sign up at the meeting this Thursday. More details forthcoming. (See attached flyer.)

Saturday, April 15th – MAS Spring Meeting

The MAS spring meeting will be held at the Michigan History Center in Lansing. Open to members and the public. General meeting in the morning with lectures in the afternoon. More details TBA.

2.) April 1st, 9-11am, Saline “Get Involved” Volunteer Fair at the Saline Rec Center

Our chapter is signed up to host a booth for this event. However, we still need a host! The table only needs 1-2 folks to run it. Help us increase our numbers and do your part to get the community involved and educated in archaeology. Contact me ASAP if you would like to run the booth. I have all the items, displays and information necessary to make the table look appealing.

3.) HVC Summer Book Club

Last year we revived the ol’ HVC summer book club. We selected a book before the summer break, read it over the break and then our first meeting back (in September) we held a book club discussion/member meet-and-greet/potluck. It was fun! Would you like to have the book club happen again this year? If so, what book would you like to read? We will discuss the book club’s likely continuation this Thursday.

MISC. ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

New World

How each county in Michigan got its name

National Marine Sanctuary in WI (Lake Michigan) looking for public feedback

Finding North America’s lost medieval city. “Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.”

Archaeology smuggler caught with 500 stolen artifacts at Big Bend, TX
Archaeologists to explore Brookfield Indian ‘mound builder’ artifacts (Massachusetts)

Keweenaw Geoheritage: Ancient Copper Mining (Video)

Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country

Archaeology Under Attack  (Article excerpt only)

University of South Carolina discovery of widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars

Old World
Blenheim Palace discovers marble ‘flowerpot’ is actually £300k Roman coffin after antiques dealer spots during chance visit

Egypt thwarts 24 cases of antiquities theft in one week

Archaeologists Find Viking Age Toy Boat in Norway

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

Neanderthal microbes reveal surprises about what they ate — and whom they kissed
Rabbit hole leads to 700-year-old secret Knights Templar cave network
A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the World

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal

Misc. Arch Links, Blogs, Pop Culture

Ah, Finally, Ancient Clay Tablets for Dessert

Making McHistory? Businesses step up to preserve Rome’s antiquities.

13 Pictures That Capture the Wonder and Thrill of Archaeology

– Free online archaeology course from the University of Reading, UK (started March 6th!) Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

Primary School Students in Scotland Gave Dead Goldfish a Viking Burial… Farewell, Bubbles and Freddy
County that shelled out tax rebates for creationist Ken Ham’s Ark museum ‘teetering on bankruptcy’

– In DC on April 22nd, 2017? Then join in. –  Scientists Plan Washington March in Response to Trump

– And watch out for Lyme disease this dig season… it’s rapidly spreading and increasing! Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast
– More archy wit is attached below…

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My dear HVC members, this will be my last newsletter to you as chapter President. As mentioned at the last meeting, family and career matters are requiring my full attention at this time. There may even be a move out-of-state for us this year. Hence, I need to immediately step down. Thank you for supporting me in this role over the past year, and then some. It has been my great pleasure to serve as your chapter President. I wish the chapter continued growth and success in all its future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Deva Jebb-Albaba

February 2017 Newsletter

Dear HVC Members –

Welcome new member Daryl W. and new transfer Robert S. (from Coffinberry chapter). We’re so happy to have you join the ranks of the HVC.
February Meeting – THIS Thursday, 16th – 7:30pm

Our meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (ground floor), 434 S. State St, Ann Arbor.

Our speaker will be Dr. James Harrell, Professor Emeritus/University of Toledo, who will be presenting: In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones.

This presentation is in two parts. The first provides an overview of the gemstones employed in ancient Egypt, including their varieties as well as their uses in jewelry and other decorative arts. The second part focuses on the speaker’s geo-archaeological survey of ancient gemstone mines in Egypt: those for amazonite at Gebel Migif and Gebel Hafafit, amethyst at Abu Diyeiba and Wadi el-Hudi, carnelian and other chalcedonies at Stela Ridge northwest of Abu Simbel, emerald in the Gebel Zabara-Wadi Sikait district, fluorite at Gebel el-Ineigi, and peridot on Zabargad Island in the Red Sea.

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 with be at The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant, 512 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Reservations are for 6pm, under the name: Deva Jebb. We hope to see you there!

Old Business

1.) We received the green light from Kelsey management about serving coffee and cookies/treats at our meetings. Who would like to volunteer to bring in the coffee and/or treats? You would need to stop at Paneras or Starbucks on your way to the meeting and buy one of the cardboard to-go boxes of coffee (for 10-15 folks, with cups, lids). You would be immediately compensated upon handing in your receipt to HVC treasurer, Eric E. A package of cookies could be purchased at any time before the meeting and brought in, to also be immediately compensated upon submitting the receipt. One person can do coffee and another cookies. Please help this chapter to be successful and welcoming to members and non-members alike. Contact me ASAP if you can volunteer to bring one or both of these items in this Thursday.

2.) If you have not renewed your MAS membership for 2017 – PLEASE DO SO ASAP!
Currently, we have 34 paid members for 2017. I am still keeping those who last paid in 2015 on the mailing list as a courtesy but please pay up. You may have “accidentally” forgotten to pay in 2016 but please pay for 2017. Thank you.

3.) Have you seen the super HVC webpage our chapter V.P., Marshall Gaines, has created thus far? If not, please check out the site and bring your feedback to the upcoming meeting. https://hvcmiarch.wordpress.com/ Or you can also bypass the meeting and directly email Marshall yourself at matugaines@gmail.com. All feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated.

4.) Chapter Elections in March

– I will be stepping down as President of the chapter. Please consider running for any and all of the chapter posts. Positions are open to current paid members only.

5.) Upcoming MAS & Other Archaeology Talks:

Wednesday, February 15th: Coffinberry Chapter meeting (see attached flyer below).

– (Non-MAS) Thursday, February 16, 2017, Lecture 4-5 pm: A Karanis Collaboratory, by David Stone, Arthur Verhoogt, Alexandra Creola, Elizabeth Nabney, and Mollie Fox.
During the Spring semester 2016 a multidisciplinary and multigenerational team of researchers analyzed two structures that were excavated in the late 1920s by the University of Michigan in the Egyptian town of Karanis. By combining archaeological, art historical, archaeobotanical, papyrological, and other approaches such as 3D modeling, we identified future directions for Karanis research. This talk will summarize the team’s work.
Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall, 434 South State Street

– (Non-MAS) Endangered Heritage Conference at U of M | February 16-17, 2017

Thursday, March 16th (HVC Meeting): Let It be Well Done: a Corduroy Remnant of Hull’s Trace in
Brownstown, Michigan,
by Daniel Harrison, Doctoral Student, Wayne State University

MISC. ARCHAOLOGY NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
– New World Archaeology News

Clovis Culture, Ice Age Fauna Weren’t Wiped Out by Cosmic Impact, Study Finds

How newly discovered skeletons may be the first colonists of St. Augustine (FL)

Ivor Noël Hume, famed archaeologist, dies at 89 (Founder of Historical Archaeology)

– Metal Detectorists Help Archaeologists Dig Up a Secret History Article submitted by HVC Member, Jim P. Thank you! (Great article that really touches upon whether non-archaeologists out using metal detectors are a help or a hindrance to archaeologists)

Wyoming Wildfire Reveals ‘Massive’ Shoshone Camp, Thousands of Artifacts

–  Mesa Verde’s Sun Temple Reveals Geometrical ‘Genius,’ Physicist Says

Amazonian rainforest was managed by ancient geoglyph builders

–  Archaeological Approaches to Ceramics (Huron ceramics with resource info)

– Looking for something awesome to do this summer? Campus Archeology is officially accepting applications for our summer 2017 field school. The field school runs May 30th – June 30th, Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm. Find more information and the application form on the field school website: http://campusarch.msu.edu/?page_id=273

(See flyer attached below)

– Old World Archaeology News
Students Experiment With Ancient Brewing Techniques (China) (Beer, again!)
Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cave
The secrets of rare Viking boat burial uncovered in Swordle Bay on Ardnamurchan peninsula (…a female chieftain!)
Oldest Prostate Stones Ever Found Suggest a Man Was in Agony 12,000 Years Ago (Sudan)

Seventeenth-Century Shopping List Discovered Under Floorboards of Historic English Home
– Misc. Archaeology/Archaeology-Related Links, Blogs, Pop Culture

6 Black Archaeologists and Anthropologists You Should Know About
– Stonehenge – Open Online Course

Explore 5,000 years of Stonehenge and discover your own response to the World Heritage site through this free online course.
Why a TED Prize Winning Platform May Inadvertently Rob Egypt of Its Buried Antiquities
Why US museums and the antiquities trade should work together

Women in Science: 10 minutes with a Maritime Archaeologist

Jobs in American Archaeology: Pay for CRM Archaeologists (older article – 2015 – but still interesting)
– Not quite archaeology but, nevertheless, of historic interest: After A Massive Evacuation, Greek City Defuses A World War II Bomb

Valentine’s Day Archaeology-Related Bits:

Pompeii unveils Roman kiss for Valentine’s Day
The Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day – Archaeology Style (actually, this is an article on dating methods)

Romantic Valentine’s Day Sites in Scotland

– Plus, look at the amazing archaeology valentines I attached for you below! Use them wisely!

And happy Darwin Day! (Sun. Feb. 12th) Enjoy these articles on evolution!

Thousands Of Darwin’s Hand-Written Manuscripts Made Available Online

Observe The Evidence For Evolution On Your Own Body

The Five Most Common Misunderstandings About Evolution

Study Suggests That Humans Are Still Evolving

See you this Thursday!
Sincerely,

Deva Jebb-Albaba

HVC President

January 2017 Newsletter

MICHIGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
HURON VALLEY CHAPTER

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Dear HVC Members –

Belated New Year’s greetings to you all. I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and in good spirits. Our January meeting is quickly approaching but first I want to welcome our newest chapter member: Charles A. Make sure to introduce yourself to Charles at the next meeting.

January Meeting – THIS Thursday, 19th – 7:30pm

Our meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (ground floor), 434 S. State St, Ann Arbor.

Our speaker will be Dr. Sherry Fox, of EMU, who will be presenting: The Bioarchaeology of the Human Skeletal Remains from the Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon.

I know we promised you retired U of M Professor Emeritus Dr. H. Wright as our January speaker but he had something come up at the last minute and has rescheduled with us for a later date.

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 with be at The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant, 512 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Reservations are for 6pm, under the name: Deva Jebb. We hope to see you there!

Old Business
1.) Thank you to the following HVC members for their generous donations to the MAS general fund and/or HVC fund: J.S., G.Y., R.W., and D.T. Your donations are greatly appreciated and I hope we can use them to grow our chapter and enhance our programs.
2.) If you have not renewed your MAS membership for 2017 – PLEASE DO SO ASAP!

3.) Have you seen the super HVC webpage our chapter V.P., Marshall Gaines, has created thus far? If not, please check out the site and bring your feedback to the upcoming meeting. https://hvcmiarch.wordpress.com/ Or you can also bypass the meeting and directly email Marshall yourself at matugaines@gmail.com. All feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated.

New Business to be Discussed at Our Upcoming Meeting

1.) Annual Saline Volunteer Fair (now called ‘Saline – Get Involved!’) will be April 1st from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Saline Rec Center

– Last year, I ran the booth alone myself with half of it devoted to recruiting for the Saline Salt Springs Park Survey Project. There was a decent amount of interest from visitors. Do we want to host a booth again this year? If so, are we up for sharing our booth with the Saline Area Historical Society?

2.) Chapter Elections in March

– I will be stepping down as President of the chapter. Please consider running for any and all of the chapter posts. Positions are open to current paid members only.

3.) Upcoming HVC speakers:

Thursday, February 16th: In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones, by Dr. James Harrell, Professor Emeritus, University of Toledo

Thursday, March 16th: Let It be Well Done: a Corduroy Remnant of Hull’s Trace in
Brownstown, Michigan,
by Daniel Harrison, Doctoral Student, Wayne State University

Non-HVC speakers:
– Upper Grand Valley Chapter’s meeting/speaker this Thursday (see attachment).

Misc. Archaeology News From Around the World

It seems this last section of our newsletter is everyone’s favorite. Whenever I get any feedback, it always seems to be in response to the many links of current archaeology news/discourse I send out. If you would like to read more news about a certain region or period of time, let me know and I’ll see if I can dig up anything to add to the newsletters on your behalf.

– New World Archaeology News

Michigan mammoth bones: Lessons about early North American settlers

Here’s the rest of the story about what will happen at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne

17 Petroglyphs Briefly Revealed in Hawaii

Prehistoric Tattoos Were Made with Volcanic Glass Tools

Breaking Cahokia’s Glass Ceiling

Ancient Americans Mutilated Corpses in Funeral Rituals

Earliest human settlement of North America has new estimated date

– Scroll to the bottom to see the great map detailing what’s in the article The first Americans: How and when were the Americas populated?


– Old World Archaeology News

Early humans tending fires 800,000 years ago in Spain

Rare, Neolithic ‘Goddess’ Figurine Discovered in Turkey

Rare 3,300 year-old secret passage, first Hittite skeleton found in central Turkey

A Baby Was Buried Upon a Swan’s Wing in Denmark 6000 Years Ago


– 4,000 year old children’s rattle beautifully crafted as bear cub’s head: and it still rattles!
–  Production of butter from shea trees in West Africa pushed back 1,000 years

Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs, China

– Of course, we need some sort of beer + archaeology-related news… The Beer Archaeologist. By analyzing ancient pottery, Patrick McGovern is resurrecting the libations that fueled civilization

– Older news… Fossil analysis pushes back human split from other primates by two million years

– General article on Acheulean Handaxes: Were Acheulean Handaxes Hard-Coded Into Our Genes?


Under the Russians’ noses, looters continue to plunder treasures of Palmyra

– Contrary to the sad previous headline, there’s this Japan to Help Restore Persepolis


–  Chris Grayling gives go-ahead to road tunnel under Stonehenge:Transport secretary takes ‘big decision’ to transform A303 in move experts say could irreparably damage world heritage site
– Misc. Archaeology/Archaeology-Related Links, Blogs, Pop Culture

Top 10 Discoveries of 2016, from Archaeology Magazine
– Great end of year article: Why archaeology needs to come out of the cave and into the digital age

Trigger warnings about war graves do not molly-coddle archaeology students, they are essential

– The Subversive Archaeologist Blog (does not seem to be too active these days but has some interesting reflections in 2014 and 2013… especially on Paleolithic stone tools).

CRM Industry in the Age of Trump (from Acra)

Mummy Crowdfunder Leaves Archaeologists Fuming

– More mummy fans How the Global Bird-Poop Trade Created a Traveling Mummy Craze
Pioneering Women in Archaeology

The oldest human footprints by continent

The Hallmarks of Pseudoarchaeology

In England, You Can Camp in Abandoned Medieval Churches. “Champing” supports the upkeep of village churches, while offering travelers a unique overnight stay.
– Free book to read online… Ancient Lives: Object, people and place in early Scotland. Essays for David V Clarke on his 70th birthday

– An archaeology-related internet radio talk show (live on Wednesdays: Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology
– A fun, educational & quirky podcast (and blog): Cooking with Archaeologists

– Another light archaeological romp 4 Things You Lose When You Break Up With An Archaeologist
Genes for Good is a current scientific study by U of M that is looking for volunteers (in no way am I associated with it). You will not be paid for participating but you will get to see what your DNA tells you about your ancestry for FREE (… save a few $100 and skip purchasing one of those DNA Ancestry kits that are so popular right now) and more…. From the site: Genes for Good is a research study conducted at the University of Michigan. The major goal of the study is to engage tens of thousands of individuals in genetic research. The primary tool to accomplish this is the Genes for Good Facebook App. Participants engage in the study through the App, answer health-related questions, and view summaries of selected survey questions. Again, you must be a Facebook user, as participation is only possible through their Facebook App.

 

See you this Thursday!

Sincerely,

Deva Jebb-Albaba

HVC President