April Meeting and AGM Announcement

Join us on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our annual general meeting and April talk! Rob Wondrasek (Atlatl Archaeology) will be speaking on “Bone Pits and Working Floors: Unique Features and Tools from Four Sites in Hardisty, AB“. All are welcome to attend!

Abstract: Bone Pits and Working Floors: Unique Features and Tools from Four Sites in Hardisty, AB
The talk will cover the results of excavations carried out at four sites within the sand hills in the Battle River valley south of Hardisty, AB. Excavations were started in October of 2013 and continued straight through till September 2015. The sites contain occupations spanning a 7,000 year period with a number of unique features including a large bone filled pit, evidence of a small habitation structure and some unusual projectile points from the Early Middle period. Excavating at the site also offered a number of unusual challenges; excavating through the winter months to depths over 3 m, in loose sand deposits with a fluctuating water table, that called for some unusual methodologies to carry out the mitigation.

Biography: Rob Wondrasek
Rob received his Masters from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 and has spent the last 20 years conducting HRIAs for large scale oil and gas projects in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Along with Rachel Lindemann, Rob currently operates Atlatl Archaeology out of Lethbridge, AB. Atlatl Archaeology’s current project involves excavations within the original Fort Macleod NWMP Fort and town site in Fort Macleod AB.


March Meeting Announcement – Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture

Join us on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our annual Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture! Dr. Colin Laroque (University of Saskatchewan) will be speaking on “The Intertwining Branches of Dendroarchaeology: Exploring Cultural and Built Heritage”. All are welcome to attend!

Abstract: The Intertwining Branches of Dendroarchaeology: Exploring Cultural and Built Heritage
Dendroarchaeology is the science of using tree rings to better understand the timing of when wood was harvested in the past. Most often the dating accuracy is to a specific year, or in some cases, part of a particular season within a year. Understanding the time of harvest, will often give a researcher many clues as to the timing of use for the object or built history, and when a number of individual wood samples from the same collection all arrive at the same place in time, it can be a powerful starting point to understand the greater heritage of an object.

In this presentation, I will begin by giving a brief background on the science of dendroarchaeology, and then explore three examples from work conducted by my lab that explore a range of archaeological investigations. I will illustrate how understanding when wood was harvested gives a much greater appreciation of an object and its built history. In many cases, these “history mysteries” have both a cultural and historical significance to Canada and Canadians.

Biography: Dr. Colin Laroque
Colin grew up in Saskatoon in the Riversdale area and went to the U of S for his undergraduate degree in Physical Geography. He then went to the University of Victoria and completed his MSc. and PhD. degrees studying coastal environments and becoming a tree-ring scientist.

Colin was offered his first tenure track position at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and while there, created the MAD Lab. He studied treed areas in all different environments in Atlantic Canada. The MAD Lab was very successful and they worked on many interesting project through the years. The lab became known as one of the main tree-ring labs in Canada, and conducted many types of tree-ring research from coast to coast to coast. After ten years Colin jumped at the chance to move back home to Saskatoon and he started back in the Soil Science and SENS departments in January 2014.

The new MAD Lab is trying to continue their long-standing tradition of top quality research, while having as much fun as they can. At home, Colin has a son and identical twin daughters and he and his wife are happily settling back into life in ‘Toon town.

Friday, March 17th, 2017 is also CHARM (Culture, Heritage and Archaeological Resources Meet) from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  This year’s event is being organized by the Anthropology Archaeology Students Association (University of Saskatchewan). Come out to talk to different heritage organizations, consulting companies, students, professors, etc! All are welcome!

February Meeting Announcement


Join us on Friday, February 10th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive)! Dr. Kisha Supernant (University of Alberta) will be speaking on “Exploring the Patterns of Métis Overwintering in Saskatchewan: Chimney Coulee and the Search for Round Prairie“.  All are welcome to attend!

Abstract: Exploring the Patterns of Métis Overwintering in Saskatchewan: Chimney Coulee and the Search for Round Prairie
The Canadian west during the 1800s provides an interesting historical and archaeological case study that has potential to shed light on the dynamics of settlement, material culture, and the mobile nature of Métis peoples. Based originally in the Red River Settlement, some of the Métis began to expand west after 1845, forming interconnected wintering communities to participate in winter bison hunting. These wintering communities were almost entirely inhabited by Métis families, so the assemblages from wintering sites present a test case to examine the day to day material culture of the Métis hunting brigades during the mid- to late-1800s. In this paper, I examine patterns from previous and new excavations of Métis occupation at the Chimney Coulee site, near East End, Saskatchewan to explore how Métis communities balanced the mobility of buffalo hunting with the need for a protected home base during the difficult prairie winters. I examine the current data from wintering sites to help predict where we might find additional overwintering locations in Saskatchewan, including the elusive Round Prairie wintering site.

Biography: Dr. Kisha Supernant
Dr. Kisha Supernant is Métis and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, specializing in the application of mapping methods to the human past and present and how archaeologists and communities can build collaborative research relationships. Her research interests include the relationship between cultural identities, landscapes and the use of space, Métis archaeology, indigenous archaeology, indigenous feminisms, the legal and ethical implications of archaeology, and the role of digital mapping and GIS spatial analysis in archaeological research. She has published in local and international journals on GIS in archaeology, collaborative archaeological practice, and conceptual mapping in digital humanities. Dr. Supernant is currently the PI of the SSHRC Funded EMITA (Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology) project.

January Meeting Announcement


Join us on Friday, January 20th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our first meeting of 2017! Katie Burdeyney and Eliann Stoffel will be speaking on “A Summer with the ArchaeoCaravan“.  All are welcome to attend!

Abstract: A Summer with the ArchaeoCaravan
The ArchaeoCaravan Program was a five-year project between the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (SAS) and the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS). The program was designed to assist Saskatchewan museums with the identification and display of their archaeological collections and to spread awareness of Saskatchewan’s cultural history. The program reaches school children and the general public through school programs and public events, which are delivered in partnership with local museums. In 2016, the ArchaeoCaravan visited the North East Museum Network, which included trips to La Ronge, Creighton, and some of Saskatchewan’s northern provincial parks.

December Meeting Announcement



Join us on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our December meeting! Dr. David Meyer and Robert Clipperton will be speaking on “What do Stonehenge, Avebury, Dieppe, Juno Beach, the Bayeux Tapestry and the Lascaux Caves have in Common?“. Bring some holiday goodies to share! All are welcome to attend!

Abstract: What do Stonehenge, Avebury, Dieppe, Juno Beach, the Bayeux Tapestry and the Lascaux Caves have in Common?
In May and June, the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society’s 2016 Study Tour took us to Europe. It began on Salisbury Plain with a visit to the Neolithic sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. Crossing the English Channel to Dieppe, we were toured through the World War II battlefields surrounding Juno Beach. A free day in Bayeux allowed for viewing of the famous tapestry. Boarding the bus for the Loire Valley, we visited the medieval fortress at Chinon. After a brief stop at Oradour, maintained unchanged since the massacre of its inhabitants by the Nazis, we arrived at Sarlat for two days of spelunking at Upper Paleolithic cave sites. Finally (for this presentation) we arrived at Arles on the Mediterranean coast, and toured the Roman Colosseum, Amphitheatre, baths and the recovered remains of a Roman boat with a side trip to the Van Gough Museum.

Dr. David Meyer is a retired archaeologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan.

Robert Clipperton is a past president of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society. According to himself, Robert has no archaeological qualifications and knows nothing; but he does like to go on trips, especially SAS study tours!