November Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Novem­ber talk! We are lucky to have four speak­ers this month! Mikay­la Coad will present “Sherds are For­ev­er”, Michael Lewis will speak on “0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues Under the Sea”, and Kali Siel­sky and Johan­na Robin­son will present on “A Sum­mer at ØHM 1247: Look­ing at a Rur­al Medieval Ceme­tery in Den­mark”. All are wel­come to join us!

Abstracts:
Sherds are For­ev­er
I will describe my expe­ri­ence from two sea­sons of exca­va­tion at the site of Tel Beth Shemesh, in the Shep­helah region of cen­tral Israel. I will dis­cuss the back­ground of the site, what has been found, and some of the recent dis­cov­er­ies that have been made dur­ing my time at the site. In addi­tion, I will describe the expe­ri­ence of exca­vat­ing in Israel dur­ing the hot sum­mer months.

0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues under the Sea: An Under­wa­ter exca­va­tion on the Nis­sa Ship­wreck, Cyprus
I will describe the expe­ri­ence of an under­wa­ter archae­ol­o­gy field school and project being con­duct­ed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly off a 27 x 8 metre dive boat, logis­ti­cal chal­lenges and issues, and the meth­ods and tech­niques used to when deal­ing with an under­wa­ter exca­va­tion at a depth of 28 metres (0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues).

A Sum­mer at ØHM 1247: Look­ing at a Rur­al Medieval Ceme­tery in Den­mark
Believed to be in use from the 12th to 16th cen­tu­ry (medieval peri­od in Den­mark), Hågerup ceme­tery is thought to con­tain an esti­mat­ed two to four thou­sand indi­vid­u­als from the sur­round­ing Hågerup vil­lage and rur­al area. From the exca­va­tions of the first field sea­son at ØHM 1247 the result­ing data con­clud­ed that the ceme­tery was indeed in use for at least the 12th to 14th cen­turies and involved a num­ber of indi­vid­u­als from all dif­fer­ent age, sex, stature, and health cat­e­gories. Poor preser­va­tion, exca­va­tion tech­niques and time played a part in the small sam­ple size from this first sea­son but in years to come this could poten­tial­ly be one of the great­est sam­ples of a rur­al medieval pop­u­la­tion in Den­mark.

Biogra­phies:
Mikay­la Coad is a 4th year under­grad­u­ate Archae­ol­o­gy stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. Her research inter­ests are on Ancient Near East­ern pot­tery of the Bronze and Iron ages and hopes to attend grad­u­ate school focus­ing on these top­ics.

Michael Lewis is a 4th year under­grad­u­ate Archae­ol­o­gy stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. His research inter­ests are in the field of mar­itime archae­ol­o­gy, and include such top­ics as dig­i­tal ship­wreck recon­struc­tion. Besides scu­ba div­ing around the world, He has par­tic­i­pat­ed in both ter­res­tri­al and under­wa­ter archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tions and plans to attend grad­u­ate school to spe­cial­ize in the field of Nau­ti­cal Archae­ol­o­gy.

Kali Siel­sky is cur­rent­ly a fourth-year stu­dent in the Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. She is pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Arts, Hon­ours degree in Archae­ol­o­gy with a strong inter­est in bioar­chae­ol­o­gy and North­west Coast archae­ol­o­gy. Kali hopes to con­tin­ue her stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan look­ing at bur­ial sites on the West Coast of Cana­da. She enjoys trav­el­ling, and was for­tu­nate enough this sum­mer to trav­el around Europe with her friend Johan­na, doing what they love most, look­ing at bones.

Johan­na Robin­son is cur­rent­ly in her fourth year of stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. She is study­ing archae­ol­o­gy, but is specif­i­cal­ly inter­est­ed in the field of bioar­chae­ol­o­gy. One of her dreams has always been to work in the field of foren­sics. Some of her adven­tures this past year include attend­ing a Bioar­chae­ol­o­gy field school in Den­mark, trav­el­ling to many new places/countries and final­ly, becom­ing a new­ly­wed.