April Meeting and AGM Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, April 7th 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 talk! Rob Won­drasek (Atlatl Archae­ol­o­gy) will be speak­ing on “Bone Pits and Work­ing Floors: Unique Fea­tures and Tools from Four Sites in Hardis­ty, AB”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Bone Pits and Work­ing Floors: Unique Fea­tures and Tools from Four Sites in Hardis­ty, AB
The talk will cov­er the results of exca­va­tions car­ried out at four sites with­in the sand hills in the Bat­tle Riv­er val­ley south of Hardis­ty, AB. Exca­va­tions were start­ed in Octo­ber of 2013 and con­tin­ued straight through till Sep­tem­ber 2015. The sites con­tain occu­pa­tions span­ning a 7,000 year peri­od with a num­ber of unique fea­tures includ­ing a large bone filled pit, evi­dence of a small habi­ta­tion struc­ture and some unusu­al pro­jec­tile points from the Ear­ly Mid­dle peri­od. Exca­vat­ing at the site also offered a num­ber of unusu­al chal­lenges; exca­vat­ing through the win­ter months to depths over 3 m, in loose sand deposits with a fluc­tu­at­ing water table, that called for some unusu­al method­olo­gies to car­ry out the mit­i­ga­tion.

Biog­ra­phy: Rob Won­drasek
Rob received his Mas­ters from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan in 1997 and has spent the last 20 years con­duct­ing HRIAs for large scale oil and gas projects in B.C., Alber­ta, Saskatchewan and Man­i­to­ba. Along with Rachel Lin­de­mann, Rob cur­rent­ly oper­ates Atlatl Archae­ol­o­gy out of Leth­bridge, AB. Atlatl Archaeology’s cur­rent project involves exca­va­tions with­in the orig­i­nal Fort Macleod NWMP Fort and town site in Fort Macleod AB.


March Meeting Announcement — Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture

Join us on Fri­day, March 17th 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. Col­in Laroque (Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan) will be speak­ing on “The Inter­twin­ing Branch­es of Den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy: Explor­ing Cul­tur­al and Built Her­itage”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: The Inter­twin­ing Branch­es of Den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy: Explor­ing Cul­tur­al and Built Her­itage
Den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy is the sci­ence of using tree rings to bet­ter under­stand the tim­ing of when wood was har­vest­ed in the past. Most often the dat­ing accu­ra­cy is to a spe­cif­ic year, or in some cas­es, part of a par­tic­u­lar sea­son with­in a year. Under­stand­ing the time of har­vest, will often give a researcher many clues as to the tim­ing of use for the object or built his­to­ry, and when a num­ber of indi­vid­ual wood sam­ples from the same col­lec­tion all arrive at the same place in time, it can be a pow­er­ful start­ing point to under­stand the greater her­itage of an object.

In this pre­sen­ta­tion, I will begin by giv­ing a brief back­ground on the sci­ence of den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy, and then explore three exam­ples from work con­duct­ed by my lab that explore a range of archae­o­log­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tions. I will illus­trate how under­stand­ing when wood was har­vest­ed gives a much greater appre­ci­a­tion of an object and its built his­to­ry. In many cas­es, these “his­to­ry mys­ter­ies” have both a cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to Cana­da and Cana­di­ans.

Biog­ra­phy: Dr. Col­in Laroque
Col­in grew up in Saska­toon in the Rivers­dale area and went to the U of S for his under­grad­u­ate degree in Phys­i­cal Geog­ra­phy. He then went to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vic­to­ria and com­plet­ed his MSc. and PhD. degrees study­ing coastal envi­ron­ments and becom­ing a tree-ring sci­en­tist.

Col­in was offered his first tenure track posi­tion at Mount Alli­son Uni­ver­si­ty in New Brunswick and while there, cre­at­ed the MAD Lab. He stud­ied treed areas in all dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments in Atlantic Cana­da. The MAD Lab was very suc­cess­ful and they worked on many inter­est­ing project through the years. The lab became known as one of the main tree-ring labs in Cana­da, and con­duct­ed many types of tree-ring research from coast to coast to coast. After ten years Col­in jumped at the chance to move back home to Saska­toon and he start­ed back in the Soil Sci­ence and SENS depart­ments in Jan­u­ary 2014.

The new MAD Lab is try­ing to con­tin­ue their long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of top qual­i­ty research, while hav­ing as much fun as they can. At home, Col­in has a son and iden­ti­cal twin daugh­ters and he and his wife are hap­pi­ly set­tling back into life in ‘Toon town.

Fri­day, March 17th, 2017 is also CHARM (Cul­ture, Her­itage and Archae­o­log­i­cal Resources Meet) from 5:00 — 7:00 pm.  This year’s event is being orga­nized by the Anthro­pol­o­gy Archae­ol­o­gy Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion (Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan). Come out to talk to dif­fer­ent her­itage orga­ni­za­tions, con­sult­ing com­pa­nies, stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, etc! All are wel­come!