April Meeting Announcement & Notice of AGM

Join us on Fri­day, April 13th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our month­ly meet­ing! Jen­nifer Rych­lo will be pre­sent­ing “The Camp Rayn­er Site: Ear­ly Cul­tur­al Tran­si­tions on the North­ern Plains”. This meet­ing will also include our Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing. All are wel­come!

Abstract: The Camp Rayn­er Site: Ear­ly Cul­tur­al Tran­si­tions on the North­ern Plains
The Camp Rayn­er site is a mul­ti­com­po­nent site locat­ed on the north­ern shores of Lake Diefen­bak­er in cen­tral Saskatchewan. The ear­li­est lev­els at the site date to the end of the Ear­ly Pre­con­tact peri­od and the begin­ning of the Mid­dle Pre­con­tact peri­od; a time believed to rep­re­sent a tran­si­tion of cul­tur­al prac­tices on the North­ern Plains. Ear­ly Pre­con­tact groups are broad­ly known as big-game hunters who uti­lized exot­ic, high-qual­i­ty lithics to cre­ate stone spears and tools. This changes dra­mat­i­cal­ly by the Mid­dle Pre­con­tact peri­od, where groups uti­lize more broad-based sub­sis­tence strate­gies and focus their efforts on exploit­ing local­ly avail­able resources. Addi­tion­al­ly, this era coin­cides with a cli­mat­ic event known as the Hyp­sither­mal, which caused increased warmth and arid­i­ty on the North­ern Plains and may have been a cat­a­lyst for cul­tur­al change and adap­ta­tion. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, sites which con­tain lev­els dat­ing to these time peri­ods are rel­a­tive­ly rare on the North­ern Plains and the mechan­ics regard­ing these cul­tur­al changes remain poor­ly under­stood. The com­po­nents at the Camp Rayn­er site offer archae­ol­o­gists a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore the man­ner in which this cul­tur­al tran­si­tion took place and how human groups were adapt­ing to envi­ron­men­tal change on the North­ern Plains. Specif­i­cal­ly, through ana­lyz­ing the lith­ic and fau­nal mate­ri­als present in the Ear­ly Pre­con­tact and Mid­dle Pre­con­tact lev­els at the Camp Rayn­er site, pat­terns of behav­iour relat­ed to food and resource pro­cure­ment can be com­pared between the two time peri­ods and more­ful­ly under­stood.

Jen­nifer Rych­lo stud­ied Archae­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan and received her B.A. in 2013 and her M.A. in 2016 under the super­vi­sion of Dr. Ernest Walk­er. Her the­sis focused on the tran­si­tion­al time peri­od between the Ear­ly Pre­con­tact (or Pale­oin­di­an) peri­od and the Mid­dle Pre­con­tact peri­od on the North­ern Plains, occur­ring approx­i­mate­ly 7,500 years ago. Cur­rent­ly, Jen­nifer works as a con­sul­tant archae­ol­o­gist for Gold­er Asso­ciates in Saska­toon, Saskatchewan where she con­ducts her­itage resource impact assess­ments across Alber­ta, Saskatchewan, and Man­i­to­ba.