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.