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)

January Meeting Announcement

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.

December Meeting Announcement

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.