January Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 17th, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan cam­pus for our first speak­er of 2020! Dr. Karin Steu­ber will be speak­ing on her doc­tor­al research, “It’s sed­i­men­ta­ry, my dear Wat­son — Geo­chem­i­cal Char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Brown Chal­cedony Besant Arti­facts”. All are welcome!

Abstract: It’s sed­i­men­ta­ry, my dear Wat­son — Geo­chem­i­cal Char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Brown Chal­cedony Besant Arti­facts
Suit­able lith­ic mate­r­i­al for tool­mak­ing is com­mon across the North­ern Plains and often can be found with­in the glacial till that still blan­kets the area. How­ev­er, high qual­i­ty tool­stone tends to be lim­it­ed to spe­cif­ic and well-known quar­ry loca­tions such as the Knife Riv­er flint quar­ries of North Dako­ta. Archae­ol­o­gists have long iden­ti­fied high-qual­i­ty brown chal­cedony found in archae­o­log­i­cal sites as Knife Riv­er flint (KRF) based on a visu­al inspec­tion. This mate­r­i­al has been found through­out the North­ern Plains region and is believed to have been a high­ly desired trade item. How­ev­er, the dis­cov­ery of local sources of high-qual­i­ty brown chal­cedony that is macro­scop­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to KRF has called into ques­tion whether this mate­r­i­al was trad­ed as wide­ly as pre­vi­ous­ly assumed. Geo­chem­i­cal analy­sis was under­tak­en on sam­ples of brown chal­cedony mate­ri­als from both prob­a­ble source areas as well as Besant/Sonota archae­o­log­i­cal sites. The use of high-qual­i­ty brown chal­cedony seemed to have peaked dur­ing the Besant/Sonota time peri­od (c. 2100 – 1100 BP) on the North­ern Plains. The impli­ca­tions of this research are dis­cussed in terms of trade and exchange rela­tion­ships, ethnic/cultural land­scapes, and eco­nom­ic efficiency.

Biog­ra­phy: Karin has been an archae­ol­o­gist for over 15 years work­ing across the Cana­di­an Plains and in the Unit­ed States. She orig­i­nal­ly did her under­grad­u­ate degree in Edmon­ton at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta hop­ing to become an Egyp­tol­o­gist or to work in the Mediter­ranean. How­ev­er, after doing a field school in Plains archae­ol­o­gy near the town of Bodo, Alber­ta she real­ized that North Amer­i­can archae­ol­o­gy was her pas­sion. Karin came to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan to do her Mas­ters degree in archae­ol­o­gy. For this, she ana­lyzed a quar­ry site in east-cen­tral Alber­ta. From there, she decid­ed to con­tin­ue on and com­plet­ed her PhD on stone tools and trade routes across the Plains region. Karin is cur­rent­ly employed by the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety as the Pub­lic Out­reach Coor­di­na­tor, which means she gets to trav­el the province, giv­ing talks and learn­ing more about Saskatchewan archaeology.

December Meeting Announcement

Please join us on Fri­day, Decem­ber 13th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our annu­al Christ­mas meet­ing! This mon­th’s speak­er is Devon Hack­ett (Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy & Anthro­pol­o­gy, U of S) speak­ing on “Archae­o­log­i­cal Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems, Maps, and the Forks”. All are welcome!

Abstract: Archae­o­log­i­cal Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems, Maps, and the Forks
Devon Hackett’s project fol­lows as a sub-set of the work being done by Dr. Mar­garet Kennedy and Dr. Bri­an Reeves. In the area of the Forks of the South Saskatchewan and Red Deer rivers, there has been archae­o­log­i­cal sur­vey­ing done. The work being done by Devon Hack­ett with his the­sis is all about tack­ling vis­i­bil­i­ty and geo-spa­tial rela­tions of fea­tures and land­scapes specif­i­cal­ly with­in this area. By the end of the research, there will be an expla­na­tion for the spa­tial pat­tern­ing that exists.

Devon Hack­ett is cur­rent­ly a grad­u­ate stu­dent with the Archae­ol­o­gy & Anthro­pol­o­gy Depart­ment of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. Hav­ing grad­u­at­ed with a bachelor’s in archae­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, Devon con­tin­ued his edu­ca­tion hop­ing to work in the field and pro­mote the val­ues of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. He is being super­vised by Dr. Ter­ry Clark and Dr. Glenn Stu­art of the archae­ol­o­gy depart­ment while work­ing on a project gen­er­ous­ly pro­vid­ed by Dr. Mar­garet Kennedy for his the­sis. In his spare time, Devon enjoys video-games and voice-acting.

Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture — November Meeting Announcement

Please join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 15th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our the 2019–2020 Jessie Cald­well Memo­r­i­al Lec­tur­er! Dr. Jill Tay­lor-Hollings (Lake­head Uni­ver­si­ty) will be speak­ing on “Archae­ol­o­gy of the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) in North­west­ern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Her­itage Site”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Archae­ol­o­gy of the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) in North­west­ern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Her­itage Site
Jill Tay­lor-Hollings’ project inves­ti­gat­ed the archae­ol­o­gy of the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) with­in Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park in north­west­ern Ontario and focused main­ly on the Late Wood­land through to post­con­tact time­frames. It was enhanced by the avail­abil­i­ty of com­ple­men­tary Anishi­naabe tra­di­tion­al knowl­edge as well as ethno­graph­ic and eth­no­his­toric infor­ma­tion. Ten com­mu­ni­ty archae­o­log­i­cal sur­vey projects were under­tak­en along the Blood­vein Riv­er, as part of ongo­ing part­ner­ships with Ontario Parks and Pikangikum, Lac Seul, and Lit­tle Grand Rapids First Nations with­in their tra­di­tion­al ter­ri­to­ries. Both the Blood­vein Riv­er and Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park are now part of Pima­chiowin Aki, Canada’s newest UNESCO World Her­itage site, which was des­ig­nat­ed based on both nat­ur­al and cul­tur­al val­ues.

Eighty archae­o­log­i­cal sites and 24 quartz quar­ry locales were found along the Blood­vein Riv­er in Ontario dur­ing these projects. Results from field­work were com­bined with a reanaly­sis of assem­blages from the only oth­er sur­vey of the riv­er in Ontario, dur­ing the West Patri­cia archae­o­log­i­cal study in the 1970s, to iden­ti­fy occu­pa­tions span­ning the entire­ty of the pre­con­tact time frame. A review of per­ti­nent eth­no­his­toric and ethno­graph­ic ref­er­ences com­bined with infor­ma­tion from Anishi­naabe com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers about more recent post­con­tact sites and land use pro­vid­ed informed inter­pre­ta­tions of recent cul­tur­al and tech­no­log­i­cal changes. Over­all, by com­bin­ing the dif­fer­ent epis­te­molo­gies of archae­ol­o­gists, Anishi­naabe com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, and park staff a more holis­tic view of the ancient and recent peo­ple who lived along the Blood­vein Riv­er in Ontario was elu­ci­dat­ed. Since Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park is part of the larg­er Pima­chiowin Aki UNESCO World Her­itage Site, we con­tributed some of this infor­ma­tion towards the nom­i­na­tion, park, and com­mu­ni­ty plan­ning documents.

Jill Tay­lor-Hollings has been work­ing in the Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy at Lake­head Uni­ver­si­ty since 2001. She is cur­rent­ly an adjunct pro­fes­sor and post­doc­tor­al fel­low with the SSHRC fund­ed part­ner­ship project “Six Sea­sons of the Asiniskaw Ithini­wak” based at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Win­nipeg and in Man­i­to­ba Rocky Cree com­mu­ni­ties. Jill is an archae­ol­o­gist spe­cial­iz­ing in pre­con­tact pot­tery, lithics, and pub­lic archae­ol­o­gy who has worked in cen­tral Cana­da, Aus­tralia, and the USA. Jill has over 25 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing on numer­ous aca­d­e­m­ic, con­sult­ing, muse­um, and com­mu­ni­ty-based archae­o­log­i­cal projects. She com­plet­ed three degrees in archaeology/anthropology includ­ing a recent PhD at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, MA at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, and BA Hon­ours at Bran­don Uni­ver­si­ty. Her dis­ser­ta­tion inves­ti­gat­ed ancient and more recent Indige­nous life­ways along the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) with­in Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park, which is now part of the Pima­chiowin Aki UNESCO World Her­itage site. A key com­po­nent is ongo­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Anishi­naabeg from Pikangikum, Lit­tle Grand Rapids, and Lac Seul First Nations, who have tra­di­tion­al ter­ri­to­ries along the Blood­vein Riv­er, as well as park staff. Jill is orig­i­nal­ly from south­ern Man­i­to­ba, so enjoys both Plains and Bore­al For­est Cana­di­an stud­ies in particular.


Wel­come to the web­site for the Saska­toon Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety! We are cel­e­brat­ing 80 years in 2015!

More infor­ma­tion about upcom­ing events, month­ly meet­ings, etc. will be avail­able soon.

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