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Upper Grand Valley Chapter





President:  Jessica Yann yannjess@msu.edu

Vice President:  Stacy Tchorzynski


Treasurer:  Kate Frederick





UGVC holds its meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from September-April in Baker Hall room 454 on the MSU campus at 6:30 PM.  Parking after 6 PM is free.



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November 19, 2014:  Lisa Bright, Michigan State University graduate student, will present "The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Historic Cemetery, San Jose, California - Project Overview and a Case Study of Localized Osteoarthritis at the 1st Carpometacarpal Joint".


In 2012 an historic-era cemetery associated with what is now the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) was re-discovered due to construction. This large-scale excavation resulted in the exhumation of 1,004 individuals. The cemetery was in use from approximately 1875-1935 and contains individuals buried directly from the hospital, those buried at the counties expense, and individuals that could not afford burial elsewhere. This presentation will present an overview of the project, a discussion of skeletal preservation, bioarchaeological indicators of health, and a discussion of a unique case study. Two adjacently buried females, aged 50+, presented with numerous indications of trauma, pathology, and significant unilateral osteoarthritis of the first carpometacarpal joint. It is proposed that this specific pattern of osteoarthritis can be explained within the context of their grave goods.



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For some great pictures and information on the MSU Marquette Mission Site that MSU dug, click on the link.