November Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23rd at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Novem­ber lec­ture! Tim Panas (Depart­ment of Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan and Parks Cana­da) will be pre­sent­ing “Sand Dunes on the North­ern Plains: The Last 6,000 Years”. All are wel­come!

Abstract: Sand Dunes on the North­ern Plains: The Last 6,000 Years
Over the past forty years, archae­ol­o­gists have iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of Mid­dle and Late Pre­con­tact archae­o­log­i­cal sites in sand dune areas across the North­ern Plains. Vary­ing from iso­lat­ed finds to com­plex mul­ti-com­po­nent sites, they rep­re­sent a set of com­plex and inte­grat­ed behav­iours that to date have not been exam­ined in a holis­tic man­ner across both time and space. When done so, a com­plex pat­tern of per­cep­tion and usage emerges that goes beyond these regions being nat­ur­al areas that are used for eco­nom­ic pur­pos­es. This con­cept will be exam­ined through the use of mul­ti­ple infor­ma­tion sources, includ­ing ethno­gra­phies, oral and writ­ten his­to­ries, envi­ron­men­tal data, and the archae­o­log­i­cal record.

Tim Panas obtained his Bach­e­lor of Arts degree in Anthro­pol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, and his Mas­ters in Anthro­pol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tana. Cur­rent­ly, he is com­plet­ing his PhD in Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, focus­ing on holis­tic inter­pre­ta­tions of sand dunes on the North­ern Plains. His pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in archae­ol­o­gy and anthro­pol­o­gy spans over twen­ty years, and includes work­ing with the Roy­al Alber­ta Muse­um, the Cana­di­an Muse­um of His­to­ry, the Archae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of Alber­ta, SaskPow­er, numer­ous uni­ver­si­ties, and pri­vate con­sult­ing firms. Cur­rent­ly, he is serv­ing as the Cul­tur­al Resource Man­age­ment Advi­sor for the South Saskatchewan Field Unit of Parks Cana­da, as well as in a sup­port and advi­so­ry capac­i­ty for research projects with the Roy­al Saskatchewan Muse­um and the First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da.