October Meeting Announcement

Please join us on Fri­day, Octo­ber 18th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our the first speak­er of fall 2019! Belin­da Riehl-Fitzsim­mons (Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety) will be speak­ing on “Geneal­o­gy as Archae­ol­o­gy: Unearthing My Ances­tors”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Geneal­o­gy as Archae­ol­o­gy: Unearthing My Ances­tors
This pre­sen­ta­tion will detail the par­al­lels between geneal­o­gy and archae­ol­o­gy, and how the exam­i­na­tion of mate­ri­als left behind by her (and her husband’s) ances­tors took her on adven­tures to Ire­land, Scot­land, Eng­land and Aus­tralia.

As a child, Belin­da was curi­ous about many things, like how old the bro­ken dish­es and ani­mal bones she found on her dad’s farm­land might be, to won­der­ing where she came from. Her curi­ous nature led to a career in archae­ol­o­gy, but her quest to dis­cov­er more about her ances­try was fueled by her mom’s research into fam­i­ly his­to­ry.

April Meeting and AGM Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, April 5th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing and April Speak­er! Eliann Guinan (Atl­her­itage Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion) will be speak­ing on “Atl­her­itage Ser­vices Corp.: 5 Years of Cul­tur­al Resources Man­age­ment”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Atl­her­itage Ser­vices Corp.: 5 Years of Cul­tur­al Resources Man­age­ment
Estab­lished in 2015, Atl­her­itage is a pri­vate and local­ly owned her­itage con­sult­ing and stake­hold­er engage­ment firm based out of Saska­toon spe­cial­iz­ing in Her­itage Resources Impact Assess­ments (HRIAs) across the Prairie Provinces. In 2017, Atl­west Com­mu­ni­ca­tions was formed to bet­ter man­age our grow­ing stake­hold­er engage­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices. To date, we have suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed over 300 con­sult­ing projects through­out Saskatchewan. Our pre­sen­ta­tion will focus on con­sult­ing archae­ol­o­gy in Saskatchewan, while we take a look back at some of our more mem­o­rable Projects and archae­o­log­i­cal sites we have worked on includ­ing archae­o­log­i­cal work for Parks Cana­da, mit­i­ga­tion work on tipi rings, stone cairns and camp­sites, forestry work in north­ern Saskatchewan and ceme­tery work using GPR.

Mrs. Eliann Guinan (née Stof­fel) is a Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy Grad­u­ate. Eliann com­plet­ed her B.Sc. (Hon.) in 2014 and her M.A. in 2016 under Dr. Ernie Walk­er and spe­cial­izes in Plains Archae­ol­o­gy specif­i­cal­ly in Zooar­chae­ol­o­gy and lith­ic and tool iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Eliann joined the Atl­her­itage team in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly a Per­mit Hold­ing Archae­ol­o­gist.

Eliann has over 5 years of her­itage con­sult­ing and mit­i­ga­tion expe­ri­ence across the Prairie Provinces and has suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed over 75 Archae­o­log­i­cal Resource Inves­ti­ga­tion Per­mits. Her archae­ol­o­gy career has tak­en her all over Saskatchewan into Alber­ta and Man­i­to­ba.

Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture — March Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, March 8th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our annu­al Jessie Cald­well Memo­r­i­al Lec­ture! Dr. Paul Hack­ett (Geog­ra­phy & Plan­ning, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan) will be speak­ing on “His­tor­i­cal Epi­demics in the Fur Trade West: Impli­ca­tions for Archae­o­log­i­cal Prac­tice”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: His­tor­i­cal Epi­demics in the Fur Trade West: Impli­ca­tions for Archae­o­log­i­cal Prac­tice
Dur­ing the fur trade era waves of exoge­nous epi­dem­ic dis­eases such as small­pox and measles increas­ing­ly bat­tered the Indige­nous peo­ple of what is now west­ern Cana­da. While the impact of indi­vid­ual events var­ied con­sid­er­ably, col­lec­tive­ly they left a dev­as­tat­ing imprint on the peo­ple of the region and in turn its human geog­ra­phy. These trag­ic events have left evi­dence in both the eth­no­his­toric and the archae­o­log­i­cal record, and it is cru­cial that present-day researchers look for that imprint in order to more ful­ly inter­pret events of the past. In this talk I exam­ine the nature of that dev­as­ta­tion and its poten­tial impli­ca­tions for archae­o­log­i­cal research. Draw­ing large­ly on the records of the fur trade, through a series of his­tor­i­cal vignettes I focus on post-epi­dem­ic pop­u­la­tion loss, migra­tions, changes to com­mu­ni­ty struc­ture, and their poten­tial impli­ca­tions for the archae­o­log­i­cal record. Build­ing on this, I also explore how archae­ol­o­gists can do much to inform stu­dents of the his­tor­i­cal epi­demi­ol­o­gy of the region, through their field research.

Dr. Paul Hack­ett is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of Geog­ra­phy and Plan­ning at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. He is also a research fac­ul­ty mem­ber in the Saskatchewan Pop­u­la­tion Health and Eval­u­a­tion Research Unit. He received a BA in geog­ra­phy from Car­leton Uni­ver­si­ty, and MA and PHD (geog­ra­phy) from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­i­to­ba. Dr. Hackett’s approach to his­tor­i­cal research is inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and com­bines ele­ments of geog­ra­phy, his­to­ry, and anthro­pol­o­gy, to explore health at the pop­u­la­tion lev­el. His grad­u­ate work focussed on the dif­fu­sion of acute infec­tious dis­eases dur­ing the fur trade era, and he has pub­lished a book on the sub­ject. Cur­rent projects exam­ine the ori­gins and his­to­ry of tuber­cu­lo­sis and type 2 dia­betes among First Nations com­mu­ni­ties in west­ern Cana­da. Oth­er recent research projects have focussed on inti­mate part­ner vio­lence against women in rur­al and remote com­mu­ni­ties and he is col­lab­o­rat­ing on a major project look­ing at health aging in place among seniors in rur­al Saskatchewan.

February Meeting Announcement

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.

January Meeting Announcement

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.