November Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Novem­ber talk! We are lucky to have four speak­ers this month! Mikay­la Coad will present “Sherds are For­ev­er”, Michael Lewis will speak on “0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues Under the Sea”, and Kali Siel­sky and Johan­na Robin­son will present on “A Sum­mer at ØHM 1247: Look­ing at a Rur­al Medieval Ceme­tery in Den­mark”. All are wel­come to join us!

Abstracts:
Sherds are For­ev­er
I will describe my expe­ri­ence from two sea­sons of exca­va­tion at the site of Tel Beth Shemesh, in the Shep­helah region of cen­tral Israel. I will dis­cuss the back­ground of the site, what has been found, and some of the recent dis­cov­er­ies that have been made dur­ing my time at the site. In addi­tion, I will describe the expe­ri­ence of exca­vat­ing in Israel dur­ing the hot sum­mer months.

0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues under the Sea: An Under­wa­ter exca­va­tion on the Nis­sa Ship­wreck, Cyprus
I will describe the expe­ri­ence of an under­wa­ter archae­ol­o­gy field school and project being con­duct­ed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly off a 27 x 8 metre dive boat, logis­ti­cal chal­lenges and issues, and the meth­ods and tech­niques used to when deal­ing with an under­wa­ter exca­va­tion at a depth of 28 metres (0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues).

A Sum­mer at ØHM 1247: Look­ing at a Rur­al Medieval Ceme­tery in Den­mark
Believed to be in use from the 12th to 16th cen­tu­ry (medieval peri­od in Den­mark), Hågerup ceme­tery is thought to con­tain an esti­mat­ed two to four thou­sand indi­vid­u­als from the sur­round­ing Hågerup vil­lage and rur­al area. From the exca­va­tions of the first field sea­son at ØHM 1247 the result­ing data con­clud­ed that the ceme­tery was indeed in use for at least the 12th to 14th cen­turies and involved a num­ber of indi­vid­u­als from all dif­fer­ent age, sex, stature, and health cat­e­gories. Poor preser­va­tion, exca­va­tion tech­niques and time played a part in the small sam­ple size from this first sea­son but in years to come this could poten­tial­ly be one of the great­est sam­ples of a rur­al medieval pop­u­la­tion in Den­mark.

Biogra­phies:
Mikay­la Coad is a 4th year under­grad­u­ate Archae­ol­o­gy stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. Her research inter­ests are on Ancient Near East­ern pot­tery of the Bronze and Iron ages and hopes to attend grad­u­ate school focus­ing on these top­ics.

Michael Lewis is a 4th year under­grad­u­ate Archae­ol­o­gy stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. His research inter­ests are in the field of mar­itime archae­ol­o­gy, and include such top­ics as dig­i­tal ship­wreck recon­struc­tion. Besides scu­ba div­ing around the world, He has par­tic­i­pat­ed in both ter­res­tri­al and under­wa­ter archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tions and plans to attend grad­u­ate school to spe­cial­ize in the field of Nau­ti­cal Archae­ol­o­gy.

Kali Siel­sky is cur­rent­ly a fourth-year stu­dent in the Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. She is pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Arts, Hon­ours degree in Archae­ol­o­gy with a strong inter­est in bioar­chae­ol­o­gy and North­west Coast archae­ol­o­gy. Kali hopes to con­tin­ue her stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan look­ing at bur­ial sites on the West Coast of Cana­da. She enjoys trav­el­ling, and was for­tu­nate enough this sum­mer to trav­el around Europe with her friend Johan­na, doing what they love most, look­ing at bones.

Johan­na Robin­son is cur­rent­ly in her fourth year of stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. She is study­ing archae­ol­o­gy, but is specif­i­cal­ly inter­est­ed in the field of bioar­chae­ol­o­gy. One of her dreams has always been to work in the field of foren­sics. Some of her adven­tures this past year include attend­ing a Bioar­chae­ol­o­gy field school in Den­mark, trav­el­ling to many new places/countries and final­ly, becom­ing a new­ly­wed.

October Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Octo­ber 20th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our first Fall talk of 2017! Dr. Ter­ence Clark (Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan and Direc­tor of the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project) will be speak­ing on “T’i s-tsitsiy-im-ut-?e (They worked here): the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project (sARP)”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: T’i s-tsitsiy-im-ut-?e (They worked here): the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project (sARP)
This talk will dis­cuss the results of the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project, a long-term col­lab­o­ra­tive project based in Sechelt, BC. SARP has uncov­ered the most elab­o­rate pre-con­tact buri­als yet known in Cana­da, with one indi­vid­ual interred with over 350,000 ground stone beads. This talk will dis­cuss pre­vi­ous field­work activ­i­ties and out­line the future direc­tions of the project. Top­ics will include coastal sur­vey, shell mid­den exca­va­tion, pub­lic archae­ol­o­gy, muse­um exhi­bi­tions, land­scapes of mean­ing, com­mu­ni­ty-based research, and mor­tu­ary archae­ol­o­gy.

Biog­ra­phy:
Ter­ence Clark is a recent addi­tion to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy. He is the direc­tor of the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project (sARP), a com­mu­ni­ty-based col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, and the shíshálh Nation. He was pre­vi­ous­ly the Cura­tor of West­ern Cana­di­an Archae­ol­o­gy at the Cana­di­an Muse­um of His­to­ry. He has spent over 20 years work­ing on the North­west Coast, exca­vat­ing hun­dreds of sites, and work­ing close­ly with dozens of Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. His areas of inter­est are com­mu­ni­ty-based archae­ol­o­gy, hunter-fish­er-gath­er­ers, com­pu­ta­tion­al archae­ol­o­gy, and land­scape archae­ol­o­gy.

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

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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.