MAY 2014


Our Next Meeting

Sunday, May 18, 3:00 PM

Chicago Archaeological Society May Lecture

3:30 p.m. Presentation by our guest speaker,

Archaeological Exploration at Aztalan”

Dr. Lynne Goldstein

Dr. Goldstein’s presentation was partially underwritten by MexiMayan Academic Travel.

Evanston Public Library,

1703 Orrington Av,

Evanston, Illinois

Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Informal dinner with our guest speaker at Dave’s Italian Kitchen.

Dr. Lynne Goldstein has passionately dedicated almost 40 years of her life toward gaining a better understanding of the ancient Mississippian culture that flourished at Aztalan.

The final meeting of the CAS 2013-14 Season is upon us before we break for summer and reconvene in September! This May, we welcome our guest speaker Dr. Lynne Goldstein who will discuss Aztalan State Park. Aztalan is located in Southeastern Wisconsin and is a famous Late Woodland and Mississippian Period (AD 1000-1200) archaeological mound and village center. Some of you may have even visited there as expedition members during the 2011 CAS Summer Safari! (See this Codex issue for details on Summer Safari 2014!)

Whatever your level of familiarity with Aztalan currently is (perhaps this is your first time hearing of the site), the CAS warmly welcomes you. Our presenter, Dr. Lynne Goldstein has passionately dedicated almost 40 years of her life toward gaining a bet- ter understanding of the ancient Mississippian culture that had flourished at this great archaeological site. And this May, she will share her knowledge of Aztalan with each of us.

Dr. Goldstein is an Archaeologist and Professor (and former Chair) of Anthropology at Michigan State University. Prior to this position, which began in 1996, she was a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 20 years.

Dr. Goldstein's research is especially focused on the late prehistoric period in U.S. Great Lakes archaeology, on historic period cemeteries, and on the analysis of mortuary practices. She had worked at the Mississippian site of Aztalan, in southeastern Wisconsin for many years and in 2013, Dr. Goldstein and two colleagues returned to the site to collect data from two sets of excavations in order to allow better interpretation of the site structure and its mortuary practices.

For more information on Dr. Lynne Goldstein’s research please visit the Michigan State University Anthropology Department website at:

More information on Aztalan can be 

Aztalan found online at the Friends of Aztalan blog at:

CAS meetings are special in many ways but the opportunity to interact with the speaker is unique. As one of our 

Directors, Doreen Stelton, wrote in the February Codex issue, “The opportunity to chat informally with a guest speaker is one of the many rewards of a CAS membership and the fellowship at Dave’s (Italian Kitchen) afterwards.” Dr. Goldstein will be sharing exciting new finds from her team’s 2013 Aztalan excavation during her talk, but dinner may be a chance to ask her about the ground breaking research work she does regarding the archaeology of university campuses. Goldstein created and directs Michigan State University’s Campus Archaeology Program, which is the only program of its kind in our nation!

To quote Benjamin Franklin “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” So strike pay dirt by coming out and joining us for this free event! And please invite a friend!

Jeanne Jesernik



Bob Stelton; Editor

Annual Meeting IAAA

Kudos to the South Suburban Archaeological Society and especially to Will Kelley for planning and execution of the Annual Meeting at scenic Galena.

The business meeting will be reported in Illinois Antiquity and because of space restrictions the CAS report will be expanded in a forthcoming edition of the Electronic Codex.

Program presentations by Dr. Philip G. Millhouse and Dr. Ferrel Anderson, dealing with the archaeology of northwestern Illinois, i.e. Galena, provided leads for future CAS presentations.

June 28 2014

Summer Safari

CAS will explore the Olmec, MesoAmerican and Native American Art at Notre Dame’s Snite Museum and the Studebaker Home in South Bend, Indiana

Getting to and from the evocative realm of the Ancient Olmecs for a weekend Summer Safari may seem impossible, but the CAS can do and without Star Trek Warp Speed but by traveling through the II Wormhole from Chicago to South Bend and to the Snite Museum, 100 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame, IN 46556 on the University of Notre Dame Campus.

The collections at the Snite include a variety of American paintings from the Colonial Period (Gilbert Stuart paintings) up to the late 20th Century. However on this visit our attention will be directed toward the Mesoamerican treasures that include collections from Central America (the largest collection of Olmec items north of the Rio Grande) and South America (represented by items from the Chavin, Moche, Incas, Sunis, and Diaquitas). The African collection includes items of the Dogon and Yoruba.

Of special interest for the CAS group is the Native American collection. The CAS has arranged for a special docent to guide the tour through the North and Mesoamerica displays.

Late afternoon we visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The time should be perfect for a splendid color display of the stained glass windows.

After the Basilica visit we’ll go to the Tippecanoe Restaurant and Studebaker home.

On previous Safaris we have enjoyed group dinners. I have found them enjoyable and memorable and hope we can continue this tradition with an early dinner in South Bend. I know nothing about restaurants in South Bend; but a bit of scoping turned me on to the Tippecanoe Restaurant — any restaurant named after a Whig president has got to be good. Besides, it was the manorial residence of the Studebaker family. Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, on Michigan Boulevard, was once the Studebaker showroom.

Driving time and distance Googled in at 94 miles / 1 hour 45 minutes 100 N State St, Chicago to the Snite Museum. Our rendezvous at the Snite is 11 am CDST /12:00 EST pm. Eastern Time. That means we should be traveling at 9 CDST.

For CAS members, there was a sign up sheet included in the mail version of the Codex. If you do not receive this and want to go, please contact Bob Stelton at;

Let him know if you need a ride or can provide a car-pool.


“The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak”

In every regard, the May 2014 meeting of the CAS was exceptional by speaker Dr. Claudia Brittenham was exceptional. The first page picture of the cover of the seminal book of Drs. Claudia Brittenham and Dr. Mary Miller in grayscale revealed blurred but discernible scenes from the east wall of room 1 of the major structure of Bonampak. The dust jacket of the book, in color, enlarges our understanding of the scene, as does the May electronic edition of the Codex. But it was the actual presentation by Dr. Brittenham that brought that scene, and others, to life.

The audience present at the annual outreach regular meeting, held in the North Shore Retirement Hotel, vicariously journeyed into the past of the Chiapas rainforest and into the minds and heart of the Mayas.

Nothing is known of the site’s history regarding its abandonment. Even its rediscovery is speculative. In 1946 a Lacandon who worshipped at the site escorted two American travelers, Charles (Carlos) Frey and John Bourne, to the site. But neither Frey nor Bourne examined the murals. That same year Giles Healy did view the murals.

The remote location of the site discouraged popular tourism. For decades most visitors flew on small puddle jumpers into the jungle landing on a short run the jungle landing on a short runway hacked out of the jungle. Lost and forgotten for more than a millennium, time and the elements took their toll, as did well intentioned human but harmful conservation efforts. 

Intense studies of the murals by art historians, Drs. Mary Miller and Claudia Brittenham, have rendered significant service in deciphering the meaning of the Bonampak murals. Dr. Brittenham explained how, at Bonampak, the Maya fused the multiple disciplines of art, architecture and language that revealed royal court rituals, human sacrifice, warfare, music and more.

A quote from the book’s dust jacket praises the murals as a “powerful and sophisticated reflection on the spectacle of courtly life and the nature of artistic practice.

At the request of the CAS Dr. Claudia Brittenham brought to the meeting copies of her book The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court for sale and signing. One reviewer, Art Historian Andrea Stone wrote: “I can say without reservation that this book is destined to become a standard reference for future scholarship ...of the Late Classical Maya.”

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May 15, 7:30 PM

South Suburban Archaeological Society Lecture

"Colonization, Conquest and Commerce"

Donald McVicker, Ph.D.

"The question of colonies, how they were established, maintained and functioned”,

Donald McVicker, Ph.D.

The question of colonies, how they were established, maintained and functioned offers many challenges to archaeologists; in particular, how to identify the dynamic relationships between the intruders and the local population surrounding them.  Professor McVicker and Laurene Lambertino-Urquizo have been working with a large collection at Field Museum of prehistoric pottery vessels both from the indigenous peoples of the Valley of Toluca and from an implanted population from the Valley of Mexico.  They believe they have identified a colony established after the Aztecs conquered the native Matlatzincans.

Professor McVicker’s recent research is now investigating the similarities and differences of other colonies among colonies both in Mesoamerica and beyond.  To his great surprise he has uncovered remarkable similarities between his Mexican cases and ancient settlements in the Near East that were established hundreds of miles to the north by the earliest cities in southern Mesopotamia.  Professor McVicker’s presentation will not only present his evidence for Aztec conquest and colonization but also compare his findings with those of the Oriental Institute’s digs uncovering sites of the fourth millennium Uruk expansion into modern Anatolia.

Marie Irwin Community Center,

18120 Highland Avenue,

Homewood, Illinois


May 18, 3:00 PM

Chicago Archaeological Society May Lecture

“Archaeological Exploration at Aztalan”

Dr. Lynne Goldstein

Dr. Goldstein’s presentation was partially underwritten by MexiMayan Academic Travel.

Evanston Public Library, 

1703 Orrington Av, 

Evanston, Illinois

Chicago Archaeology Society Codex

May 22, 6:00 PM

Art Institute of Chicago Lecture

"The Eternal Sea—Luxury Culture in the Ancient Andes”

Joanne Pillsbury, Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the courtly arts of Chimor—works in gold and silver and also shell, a symbolic material in the ancient Andes.

Fullerton Hall

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois


May 15, 7:00 PM

East Central Illinois Chapter of the Illinois Archaeological Society Lecture

"Lives of Three Unique Settlers from East Central Illinois as Revealed by Archaeological Research."

Brian Adams of ISAS

Urbana Free Library

Lewis Auditorium

Urbana, Illinois


May 27, 7:30 PM

Quad City Chapter of the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology Lecture

Sara Horgen of the University of Iowa Natural History Museum will tell us about the famous sloth and mammoth excavations they are in the process of excavating and analyzing.

Singing Bird Nature Center at 15th street and 44 ½ Avenue, 

Blackhawk State Historic Site  

Rock Island, Illinois


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Inclusion deadline is the last Friday of the month

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

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Chicago Archaeology Society Online Codex



May 18, 2014

“Archaeological Exploration at Aztalan”

Dr. Lynn Goldstein

September 28, 2014;

“The Ancient Maya”

Dr. J. Lucero

October 26, 2014

“World War II POW Camps.”

Mr. James Meierhoff

December 7, 2014

“Kingdom of Kush”

Dr. Bruce B. Williams

All Lectures (unless otherwise indicated) are at

The Evanston Public Library

1703 Orrington Avenue

Evanston, Illinois

(Always Plenty of Free Parking)

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Lucy Kennedy

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Dr. Lynne Goldstein