Join us on Friday, February 9th at 5:00 pm in Louis’ Loft (2nd Floor of the Memorial Union Building, 93 Campus Drive) for our monthly meeting! Dr. Margaret Kennedy (Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, U of S) and Butch Amundson (Stantec) will be presenting “Results of Archaeological Inventory and Remote Sensing by UAV of the Southern End of the Cabri Lake Basin”. All are welcome!
Abstract: Results of Archaeological Inventory and Remote Sensing by UAV of the Southern End of the Cabri Lake Basin
For the past five years, Margaret Kennedy and Barney Reeves of Alberta have been conducting archaeological inventory of the moraine landscape around the Forks of the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers where they have found a very rich and important array of stone feature sites. The shift of the project into the southern end of Cabri Lake basin has allowed them to assess how the site patterning found at the Forks connects with the equally impressive archaeology of Cabri Lake. Our 2017 fieldwork took place around the important water source called Muddy Springs on the Palmer Ranch and, thanks to the help of volunteers, we were able to investigate a large area around the springs in May and June. Margaret will present the results of that work, set within the context of current understanding of the archaeological landscape of the area.
In October 2017, massive wildfires burned through the Empress area of southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan, exposing thousands of stone features. The fires burned through Kennedy and Reeves’ spring 2017 study area. Butch Amundson, with support from Tom Howat, Kevin Grover and Grant Wiseman of Stantec, kindly agreed to fly a portion of the burned area on the Palmer Ranch by UAV as an extension to their earlier research into the comparison of the results of conventional archaeological survey vs. photographic and near-infrared sensors, high resolution satellite imagery and application of vegetative analysis and computer object recognition. Butch will present the results of that study.
Margaret Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Archaeology and Anthropology at the U of S and a long-standing Director of the Saskatoon Archaeological Society and First Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society. The research into pre-contact stone feature sites along the lower Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers (with Barney Reeves) and Cabri Lake (with Chris and Laura Foley) has taken most of her attention over the past seven years but not detracted from her longtime passion for Historical Archaeology as well.
Butch Amundson is an archaeologist, anthropologist and geologist with 38 years of experience, including 32 years as a fulltime, professional archaeologist in all phases of archaeological impact assessment and mitigation, palaeontological assessment, traditional knowledge studies, Indigenous and public engagement, environmental site assessments and environmental geology. In 2016 Butch, along with Kevin Grover and Grant Wiseman of Stantec, very successfully demonstrated that multispectral photogrammetry, captured from a UAS platform, would discover archaeological features in a native prairie landscape.
Brian (Barney) Reeves has over 50 years of research and professional experience, specializing in North American archaeology, ethnohistory and cultural resource management. He was a pioneer in the development of traditional-use studies with Indigenous groups in Alberta and has been actively involved in many consultation programs. Barney is the Founder and Principal Archaeologist of Lifeways of Canada Limited, Alberta’s oldest cultural resource consulting and contracting company, established in 1972. He is also Professor Emeritus in Archaeology, University of Calgary, where he taught for 30 years.