Join us on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) on the University of Saskatchewan campus for our first movie night! The February movie will be “Draining the Oceans: Egypt’s Lost Wonders”. All are welcome!
About this episode: The waters of Egypt reveal some fascinating historical secrets. What did the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria really look like? Why were the so-called Abydos boats buried in the desert? Who built 15 forts on the Nile that never saw battle? Using scientific data, combined with computer graphics, this episode (from 2018) takes a look at the underwater archaeology in the area and examines the evidence to try and answer some of these questions (National Geographic, 2019).
About the series: Drain the Oceans reveals ghostly shapes beneath the waves in all their stunning glory, as the water is removed from the picture to tell stories. Maritime mysteries — old and new — come to life in this series, combining scientific data and digital re-creations to reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities on the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Innovative technology allows viewers to see what lies on the floors of large bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Nile, the Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean as if they had been drained. Then, in a quest to explain natural wonders and man-made catastrophes, stories tell of how vessels sank, what ancient geological formations reveal about life on Earth, where Nazi secrets now reside, and why so many continue to search for the legendary city of Atlantis (National Geographic, 2019)
Join us on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) on the University of Saskatchewan campus for our first speaker of 2020! Dr. Karin Steuber will be speaking on her doctoral research, “It’s sedimentary, my dear Watson — Geochemical Characterization of Brown Chalcedony Besant Artifacts”. All are welcome!
Abstract: It’s sedimentary, my dear Watson — Geochemical Characterization of Brown Chalcedony Besant Artifacts
Suitable lithic material for toolmaking is common across the Northern Plains and often can be found within the glacial till that still blankets the area. However, high quality toolstone tends to be limited to specific and well-known quarry locations such as the Knife River flint quarries of North Dakota. Archaeologists have long identified high-quality brown chalcedony found in archaeological sites as Knife River flint (KRF) based on a visual inspection. This material has been found throughout the Northern Plains region and is believed to have been a highly desired trade item. However, the discovery of local sources of high-quality brown chalcedony that is macroscopically identical to KRF has called into question whether this material was traded as widely as previously assumed. Geochemical analysis was undertaken on samples of brown chalcedony materials from both probable source areas as well as Besant/Sonota archaeological sites. The use of high-quality brown chalcedony seemed to have peaked during the Besant/Sonota time period (c. 2100 – 1100 BP) on the Northern Plains. The implications of this research are discussed in terms of trade and exchange relationships, ethnic/cultural landscapes, and economic efficiency.
Biography: Karin has been an archaeologist for over 15 years working across the Canadian Plains and in the United States. She originally did her undergraduate degree in Edmonton at the University of Alberta hoping to become an Egyptologist or to work in the Mediterranean. However, after doing a field school in Plains archaeology near the town of Bodo, Alberta she realized that North American archaeology was her passion. Karin came to the University of Saskatchewan to do her Masters degree in archaeology. For this, she analyzed a quarry site in east-central Alberta. From there, she decided to continue on and completed her PhD on stone tools and trade routes across the Plains region. Karin is currently employed by the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society as the Public Outreach Coordinator, which means she gets to travel the province, giving talks and learning more about Saskatchewan archaeology.
Please join us on Friday, December 13th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our annual Christmas meeting! This month’s speaker is Devon Hackett (Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, U of S) speaking on “Archaeological Geographic Information Systems, Maps, and the Forks”. All are welcome!
Abstract: Archaeological Geographic Information Systems, Maps, and the Forks
Devon Hackett’s project follows as a sub-set of the work being done by Dr. Margaret Kennedy and Dr. Brian Reeves. In the area of the Forks of the South Saskatchewan and Red Deer rivers, there has been archaeological surveying done. The work being done by Devon Hackett with his thesis is all about tackling visibility and geo-spatial relations of features and landscapes specifically within this area. By the end of the research, there will be an explanation for the spatial patterning that exists.
Devon Hackett is currently a graduate student with the Archaeology & Anthropology Department of the University of Saskatchewan. Having graduated with a bachelor’s in archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan, Devon continued his education hoping to work in the field and promote the values of reconciliation. He is being supervised by Dr. Terry Clark and Dr. Glenn Stuart of the archaeology department while working on a project generously provided by Dr. Margaret Kennedy for his thesis. In his spare time, Devon enjoys video-games and voice-acting.
Please join us on Friday, November 15th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our the 2019–2020 Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecturer! Dr. Jill Taylor-Hollings (Lakehead University) will be speaking on “Archaeology of the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) in Northwestern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site”. All are welcome to attend!
Abstract: Archaeology of the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) in Northwestern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site
Jill Taylor-Hollings’ project investigated the archaeology of the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario and focused mainly on the Late Woodland through to postcontact timeframes. It was enhanced by the availability of complementary Anishinaabe traditional knowledge as well as ethnographic and ethnohistoric information. Ten community archaeological survey projects were undertaken along the Bloodvein River, as part of ongoing partnerships with Ontario Parks and Pikangikum, Lac Seul, and Little Grand Rapids First Nations within their traditional territories. Both the Bloodvein River and Woodland Caribou Provincial Park are now part of Pimachiowin Aki, Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site, which was designated based on both natural and cultural values.
Eighty archaeological sites and 24 quartz quarry locales were found along the Bloodvein River in Ontario during these projects. Results from fieldwork were combined with a reanalysis of assemblages from the only other survey of the river in Ontario, during the West Patricia archaeological study in the 1970s, to identify occupations spanning the entirety of the precontact time frame. A review of pertinent ethnohistoric and ethnographic references combined with information from Anishinaabe community members about more recent postcontact sites and land use provided informed interpretations of recent cultural and technological changes. Overall, by combining the different epistemologies of archaeologists, Anishinaabe community members, and park staff a more holistic view of the ancient and recent people who lived along the Bloodvein River in Ontario was elucidated. Since Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is part of the larger Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Site, we contributed some of this information towards the nomination, park, and community planning documents.
Jill Taylor-Hollings has been working in the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University since 2001. She is currently an adjunct professor and postdoctoral fellow with the SSHRC funded partnership project “Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak” based at the University of Winnipeg and in Manitoba Rocky Cree communities. Jill is an archaeologist specializing in precontact pottery, lithics, and public archaeology who has worked in central Canada, Australia, and the USA. Jill has over 25 years of experience working on numerous academic, consulting, museum, and community-based archaeological projects. She completed three degrees in archaeology/anthropology including a recent PhD at the University of Alberta, MA at the University of Saskatchewan, and BA Honours at Brandon University. Her dissertation investigated ancient and more recent Indigenous lifeways along the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, which is now part of the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage site. A key component is ongoing collaborations with Anishinaabeg from Pikangikum, Little Grand Rapids, and Lac Seul First Nations, who have traditional territories along the Bloodvein River, as well as park staff. Jill is originally from southern Manitoba, so enjoys both Plains and Boreal Forest Canadian studies in particular.