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.