Join us on Friday, March 8th 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. Paul Hackett (Geography & Planning, University of Saskatchewan) will be speaking on “Historical Epidemics in the Fur Trade West: Implications for Archaeological Practice”. All are welcome to attend!
Abstract: Historical Epidemics in the Fur Trade West: Implications for Archaeological Practice
During the fur trade era waves of exogenous epidemic diseases such as smallpox and measles increasingly battered the Indigenous people of what is now western Canada. While the impact of individual events varied considerably, collectively they left a devastating imprint on the people of the region and in turn its human geography. These tragic events have left evidence in both the ethnohistoric and the archaeological record, and it is crucial that present-day researchers look for that imprint in order to more fully interpret events of the past. In this talk I examine the nature of that devastation and its potential implications for archaeological research. Drawing largely on the records of the fur trade, through a series of historical vignettes I focus on post-epidemic population loss, migrations, changes to community structure, and their potential implications for the archaeological record. Building on this, I also explore how archaeologists can do much to inform students of the historical epidemiology of the region, through their field research.
Dr. Paul Hackett is an assistant professor in the department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a research faculty member in the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. He received a BA in geography from Carleton University, and MA and PHD (geography) from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Hackett’s approach to historical research is interdisciplinary and combines elements of geography, history, and anthropology, to explore health at the population level. His graduate work focussed on the diffusion of acute infectious diseases during the fur trade era, and he has published a book on the subject. Current projects examine the origins and history of tuberculosis and type 2 diabetes among First Nations communities in western Canada. Other recent research projects have focussed on intimate partner violence against women in rural and remote communities and he is collaborating on a major project looking at health aging in place among seniors in rural Saskatchewan.
Join us on Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for our next meeting! Cara Pollio (Western Heritage) will be presenting on “Archaeological Investigations at the No. 39 Swift Current Flying Training Services School”. All are welcome!
Abstract: Archaeological Investigations at the No. 39 Swift Current Flying Training Services School
The Swift Current Museum is investigating a reported buried pit associated with the disposal of World War II era materials from the No. 39 Swift Current Flying Training Services School (S.F.T.S.). In 2015, the Swift Current Museum contracted Western Heritage to complete a near surface geophysical survey (NGS), using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and magnetometry, of certain areas of the present-day Swift Current Airbase, where the pit was thought to be located. The NGS resulted in the identification of several anomalies that were flagged for investigation. Three trenches were excavated in 2016 to investigate the anomalies. The trenches revealed stratigraphic information about the site and produced multiple diagnostic historic artifacts. The presentation, will review the project context, the results of the NGS and trenching work, and the artifact analysis of the collected materials from the trenching and ground surface collection.
Cara Pollio is a consulting archaeologist working for Western Heritage out of Regina. She has 15 years of archaeological experience working extensively in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. She has worked with public non-profit organizations, university field schools, provincial government agencies, and various petroleum, mining, and forestry companies and has experience in all of the geographic regions (especially the plains, parkland, and boreal forest) of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. Her areas of expertise are archaeological consultation for industry and zooarchaeology with a specific focus on Canadian historic and pre-contact faunal analysis. Her MA thesis (U of S) was a Scanning Electron Microscope study of cut marks on bison remains from Fish Creek park in Calgary.
Join us on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for the first lecture of 2019! Angela Burant and Olenka Kawchuk (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan) will be presenting “shíshálh Archaeological Research Project: An Experience in Community Archaeology”. All are welcome!
Abstract: shíshálh Archaeological Research Project: An Experience in Community Archaeology
Operating since 2008, the shíshálh Archaeological Research Project (sARP) is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the shíshálh nation, which recently signed a landmark reconciliation agreement with the government of British Columbia. Directed by Dr. Terence Clark, the project works closely with members of the community to investigate long-term patterns of land and resource use within shíshálh lands. A primary aim of the project is to increase knowledge of shíshálh culture history within the community itself, as well as within the broader discourse of the region. Last summer, sARP offered a field school through the University of Saskatchewan for the first time.
Undergraduate students had the opportunity to gain experience in survey, excavation, and public outreach all while studying the culture history of the Coast Salish region of British Columbia. The field school encouraged community involvement and relationship building between students and community members, two central pillars of community archaeology. sARP and this field school represent important steps toward widespread collaboration between archaeologists and Indigenous communities.
Angela Burant is a fourth year archaeology student at the University of Saskatchewan. She is interested in household archaeology and plans to do her masters under Dr. Terence Clark on sites in shíshálh lands of British Columbia. Angela volunteers at the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society and is an executive member of the Saskatoon Archaeological Society. She is also the Vice President of the Archaeology and Anthropology Students’ Association.
Olenka Kawchuk is also an archaeology student in her fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of interest include community archaeology, mortuary archaeology, and public archaeology. She plans to pursue her master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Terence Clark working with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to locate missing grave at Canadian Residential Schools. She is also the current treasurer of the Archaeology and Anthropology Students’ Association.
Join us on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for our Christmas lecture! Dr. Ernie Walker (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan) will be presenting “The Hope and Promise of Wanuskewin Heritage Park Part 2: An Update”. All are welcome! Feel free to bring some holiday goodies to share!
Abstract: The Hope and Promise of Wanuskewin Heritage Park Part 2: An Update
The transcendent nature of Wanuskewin Heritage Park from a small cattle ranch to a potential World Heritage Site is an epic Canadian story that has captured the imagination of a diverse segment of the community both regionally and nationally. In a previous presentation to the SAS, the Wanuskewin Project was discussed in terms of the history of Park development, ongoing archaeological research, and future plans. Since that time, a number of dramatic events have taken place including the tremendous success of the Thundering Ahead National Campaign and inclusion of the Park on the UNESCO Tentative List for World Heritage Site inscription. This presentation is intended to provide an update of current developments and activities at the Park as well as a preview of what lies ahead.
Dr. Ernie Walker is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan. Born in Saskatoon, he completed his Bed, BA (Hons), and MA at the U of S. In 1980, he completed his doctorate at the University of Texas. Dr. Walker is a highly accomplished university professor, plains archaeologist, and forensic anthropologist. He was the driving force behind the establishment of Wanuskewin Heritage Park and currently plays a key role in the revitalization and expansion of the park. He has received many honors and awards, including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2001, the Order of Canada in 2004, and the 3M Teaching Fellowship in 2007.
Join us on Friday, November 23rd at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for our November lecture! Tim Panas (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada) will be presenting “Sand Dunes on the Northern Plains: The Last 6,000 Years”. All are welcome!
Abstract: Sand Dunes on the Northern Plains: The Last 6,000 Years
Over the past forty years, archaeologists have identified hundreds of Middle and Late Precontact archaeological sites in sand dune areas across the Northern Plains. Varying from isolated finds to complex multi-component sites, they represent a set of complex and integrated behaviours that to date have not been examined in a holistic manner across both time and space. When done so, a complex pattern of perception and usage emerges that goes beyond these regions being natural areas that are used for economic purposes. This concept will be examined through the use of multiple information sources, including ethnographies, oral and written histories, environmental data, and the archaeological record.
Tim Panas obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, and his Masters in Anthropology from the University of Montana. Currently, he is completing his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on holistic interpretations of sand dunes on the Northern Plains. His professional experience in archaeology and anthropology spans over twenty years, and includes working with the Royal Alberta Museum, the Canadian Museum of History, the Archaeological Survey of Alberta, SaskPower, numerous universities, and private consulting firms. Currently, he is serving as the Cultural Resource Management Advisor for the South Saskatchewan Field Unit of Parks Canada, as well as in a support and advisory capacity for research projects with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and the First Nations University of Canada.