Join us on Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for our next meeting! Cara Pollio (Western Heritage) will be presenting on “Archaeological Investigations at the No. 39 Swift Current Flying Training Services School”. All are welcome!
Abstract: Archaeological Investigations at the No. 39 Swift Current Flying Training Services School
The Swift Current Museum is investigating a reported buried pit associated with the disposal of World War II era materials from the No. 39 Swift Current Flying Training Services School (S.F.T.S.). In 2015, the Swift Current Museum contracted Western Heritage to complete a near surface geophysical survey (NGS), using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and magnetometry, of certain areas of the present-day Swift Current Airbase, where the pit was thought to be located. The NGS resulted in the identification of several anomalies that were flagged for investigation. Three trenches were excavated in 2016 to investigate the anomalies. The trenches revealed stratigraphic information about the site and produced multiple diagnostic historic artifacts. The presentation, will review the project context, the results of the NGS and trenching work, and the artifact analysis of the collected materials from the trenching and ground surface collection.
Cara Pollio is a consulting archaeologist working for Western Heritage out of Regina. She has 15 years of archaeological experience working extensively in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. She has worked with public non-profit organizations, university field schools, provincial government agencies, and various petroleum, mining, and forestry companies and has experience in all of the geographic regions (especially the plains, parkland, and boreal forest) of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. Her areas of expertise are archaeological consultation for industry and zooarchaeology with a specific focus on Canadian historic and pre-contact faunal analysis. Her MA thesis (U of S) was a Scanning Electron Microscope study of cut marks on bison remains from Fish Creek park in Calgary.
Join us on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) for the first lecture of 2019! Angela Burant and Olenka Kawchuk (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan) will be presenting “shíshálh Archaeological Research Project: An Experience in Community Archaeology”. All are welcome!
Abstract: shíshálh Archaeological Research Project: An Experience in Community Archaeology
Operating since 2008, the shíshálh Archaeological Research Project (sARP) is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the shíshálh nation, which recently signed a landmark reconciliation agreement with the government of British Columbia. Directed by Dr. Terence Clark, the project works closely with members of the community to investigate long-term patterns of land and resource use within shíshálh lands. A primary aim of the project is to increase knowledge of shíshálh culture history within the community itself, as well as within the broader discourse of the region. Last summer, sARP offered a field school through the University of Saskatchewan for the first time.
Undergraduate students had the opportunity to gain experience in survey, excavation, and public outreach all while studying the culture history of the Coast Salish region of British Columbia. The field school encouraged community involvement and relationship building between students and community members, two central pillars of community archaeology. sARP and this field school represent important steps toward widespread collaboration between archaeologists and Indigenous communities.
Angela Burant is a fourth year archaeology student at the University of Saskatchewan. She is interested in household archaeology and plans to do her masters under Dr. Terence Clark on sites in shíshálh lands of British Columbia. Angela volunteers at the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society and is an executive member of the Saskatoon Archaeological Society. She is also the Vice President of the Archaeology and Anthropology Students’ Association.
Olenka Kawchuk is also an archaeology student in her fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of interest include community archaeology, mortuary archaeology, and public archaeology. She plans to pursue her master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Terence Clark working with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to locate missing grave at Canadian Residential Schools. She is also the current treasurer of the Archaeology and Anthropology Students’ Association.