November Meeting Announcement

Join us on Thurs­day Novem­ber 26th, 2020 at 7:00 pm online via Zoom for our first speak­er of Fall 2020! Dr. Tatiana Nomokono­va will be speak­ing on “Rein­deer Archae­ol­o­gy in Arc­tic Siberia”. All are welcome!

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Abstract: Rein­deer Archae­ol­o­gy in Arc­tic Siberia
Rein­deer or cari­bou are cru­cial species for many Indige­nous groups of the Cir­cum­po­lar North. One such region is the Iamal Penin­su­la in the Siber­ian West­ern Arc­tic. This penin­su­la is the home­land of Nenets, both wild and domes­tic rein­deer, and is a glob­al cen­ter of rein­deer pas­toral­ism. Rein­deer are the most reli­able and abun­dant resource for peo­ple in this region, shap­ing the mobil­i­ty and sub­sis­tence pat­terns of the peninsula’s inhab­i­tants, as well as pro­vid­ing them with mate­ri­als for cloth­ing, ropes, dwellings, and tools. This depen­dence is long-term. This is made very clear in the archae­o­log­i­cal record, which includes a wide vari­ety of arti­facts made from rein­deer bod­ies and large quan­ti­ties of their remains at ancient set­tle­ments. This pre­sen­ta­tion will pro­vide an overview of archae­o­log­i­cal research con­duct­ed on this penin­su­la in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Nenets rein­deer herders, and it will address issues such as rein­deer domes­ti­ca­tion, dietary impor­tance, tool mak­ing, and imagery.

Biog­ra­phy: Dr. Tatiana Nomokono­va is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. Her research inter­ests are focused on human-ani­mal rela­tion­ships in the North and include stud­ies of rein­deer domes­ti­ca­tion, life his­to­ries of ancient dogs, inter­ac­tions between Indige­nous peo­ple and Baikal seals, and diet and sub­sis­tence of hunter-gath­er­ers and pas­toral­ists in East­ern Siberia.

February Meeting Announcement

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)