Please join us on Friday, November 15th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our the 2019–2020 Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecturer! Dr. Jill Taylor-Hollings (Lakehead University) will be speaking on “Archaeology of the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) in Northwestern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site”. All are welcome to attend!
Abstract: Archaeology of the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) in Northwestern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site Jill Taylor-Hollings’ project investigated the archaeology of the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario and focused mainly on the Late Woodland through to postcontact timeframes. It was enhanced by the availability of complementary Anishinaabe traditional knowledge as well as ethnographic and ethnohistoric information. Ten community archaeological survey projects were undertaken along the Bloodvein River, as part of ongoing partnerships with Ontario Parks and Pikangikum, Lac Seul, and Little Grand Rapids First Nations within their traditional territories. Both the Bloodvein River and Woodland Caribou Provincial Park are now part of Pimachiowin Aki, Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site, which was designated based on both natural and cultural values.
Eighty archaeological sites and 24 quartz quarry locales were found along the Bloodvein River in Ontario during these projects. Results from fieldwork were combined with a reanalysis of assemblages from the only other survey of the river in Ontario, during the West Patricia archaeological study in the 1970s, to identify occupations spanning the entirety of the precontact time frame. A review of pertinent ethnohistoric and ethnographic references combined with information from Anishinaabe community members about more recent postcontact sites and land use provided informed interpretations of recent cultural and technological changes. Overall, by combining the different epistemologies of archaeologists, Anishinaabe community members, and park staff a more holistic view of the ancient and recent people who lived along the Bloodvein River in Ontario was elucidated. Since Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is part of the larger Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Site, we contributed some of this information towards the nomination, park, and community planning documents.
Biography: Jill Taylor-Hollings has been working in the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University since 2001. She is currently an adjunct professor and postdoctoral fellow with the SSHRC funded partnership project “Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak” based at the University of Winnipeg and in Manitoba Rocky Cree communities. Jill is an archaeologist specializing in precontact pottery, lithics, and public archaeology who has worked in central Canada, Australia, and the USA. Jill has over 25 years of experience working on numerous academic, consulting, museum, and community-based archaeological projects. She completed three degrees in archaeology/anthropology including a recent PhD at the University of Alberta, MA at the University of Saskatchewan, and BA Honours at Brandon University. Her dissertation investigated ancient and more recent Indigenous lifeways along the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, which is now part of the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage site. A key component is ongoing collaborations with Anishinaabeg from Pikangikum, Little Grand Rapids, and Lac Seul First Nations, who have traditional territories along the Bloodvein River, as well as park staff. Jill is originally from southern Manitoba, so enjoys both Plains and Boreal Forest Canadian studies in particular.
Please join us on Friday, October 18th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive) for our the first speaker of fall 2019! Belinda Riehl-Fitzsimmons (Saskatchewan Archaeological Society) will be speaking on “Genealogy as Archaeology: Unearthing My Ancestors”. All are welcome to attend!
Abstract: Genealogy as Archaeology: Unearthing My Ancestors This presentation will detail the parallels between genealogy and archaeology, and how the examination of materials left behind by her (and her husband’s) ancestors took her on adventures to Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia.
Biography: As a child, Belinda was curious about many things, like how old the broken dishes and animal bones she found on her dad’s farmland might be, to wondering where she came from. Her curious nature led to a career in archaeology, but her quest to discover more about her ancestry was fueled by her mom’s research into family history.
Join us on Friday, April 5th 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 Speaker! Eliann Guinan (Atlheritage Services Corporation) will be speaking on “Atlheritage Services Corp.: 5 Years of Cultural Resources Management”. All are welcome to attend!
Abstract: Atlheritage Services Corp.: 5 Years of Cultural Resources Management
Established in 2015, Atlheritage is a private and locally owned heritage consulting and stakeholder engagement firm based out of Saskatoon specializing in Heritage Resources Impact Assessments (HRIAs) across the Prairie Provinces. In 2017, Atlwest Communications was formed to better manage our growing stakeholder engagement and communications services. To date, we have successfully completed over 300 consulting projects throughout Saskatchewan. Our presentation will focus on consulting archaeology in Saskatchewan, while we take a look back at some of our more memorable Projects and archaeological sites we have worked on including archaeological work for Parks Canada, mitigation work on tipi rings, stone cairns and campsites, forestry work in northern Saskatchewan and cemetery work using GPR.
Mrs. Eliann Guinan (née Stoffel) is a University of Saskatchewan, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology Graduate. Eliann completed her B.Sc. (Hon.) in 2014 and her M.A. in 2016 under Dr. Ernie Walker and specializes in Plains Archaeology specifically in Zooarchaeology and lithic and tool identification. Eliann joined the Atlheritage team in 2016 and is currently a Permit Holding Archaeologist.
Eliann has over 5 years of heritage consulting and mitigation experience across the Prairie Provinces and has successfully completed over 75 Archaeological Resource Investigation Permits. Her archaeology career has taken her all over Saskatchewan into Alberta and Manitoba.
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.
Biography: 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.
Biography: 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.