November Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 18th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Novem­ber meet­ing! Karin Steu­ber from the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety will be our speak­er and will present on the ongo­ing work at the Farr site near Oge­ma, Saskatchewan.  Her talk is titled, “Sav­ing the Best ‘til Last (day in the field): The Farr Site Com­mu­ni­ty Archae­ol­o­gy Project”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Sav­ing the Best ‘til Last (day in the field): The Farr Site Com­mu­ni­ty Archae­ol­o­gy Project
Over 30 years ago, Biron Ebell report­ed the exis­tence of a prob­a­ble Cody Com­plex site near Oge­ma, Saskatchewan, sit­u­at­ed about 100 km south of Regi­na. Since then, numer­ous arti­facts have been recov­ered and a dis­crete scat­ter of bison fau­nal remains iden­ti­fied. Like most Palaeoin­di­an sites in the region, the Farr site had been record­ed as a sur­face col­lec­tion with arti­facts and observed fea­tures exposed by cul­ti­va­tion, wind and water ero­sion. In 2014, the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety worked with Mr. Ebell to devel­op a com­mu­ni­ty-based research pro­gram for the site. The goals of the project were to estab­lish site bound­aries, sur­vey and map arti­fact and fea­ture dis­tri­b­u­tions, estab­lish site integri­ty, con­firm site age and inter­pret the site with­in the con­text of Palaeoin­di­an occu­pa­tions on the north­ern plains. Local school groups, mem­bers of the local com­mu­ni­ty and the gen­er­al pub­lic assist­ed with pedes­tri­an sur­veys, shov­el test­ing and full-scale exca­va­tions in 2015 and 2016. This pre­sen­ta­tion will report on the results of the past two field sea­sons and show­case the com­mu­ni­ty involve­ment in the project.