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.