Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture — March Meeting Announcement


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.

February Meeting Announcement


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.

January Meeting Announcement


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.

Biog­ra­phy:
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.

December Meeting Announcement

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.

Biog­ra­phy:
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.

November Meeting Announcement

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.

Biog­ra­phy:
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.