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!
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.
Due to the recent pandemic, the Saskatoon Archaeological Society is canceling or delaying events in order to keep everyone as safe as possible during these hard times. Please keep an eye on your email (or mail) as well as social media accounts for the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society for further updates. Thank you!
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)