January Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 19th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for the first meet­ing of 2018! Four grad­u­ate stu­dents will be speak­ing on the new­ly dis­cov­ered site, Whit­ing Slough, near Saska­toon.  All are wel­come!

Abstract: Whit­ing Slough Site: A Unique Site for Research
The Avon­lea Cul­tur­al peri­od was a time of sig­nif­i­cant change on the North­ern Great Plains. Two of these changes include the exclu­sive use of bow and arrow tech­nol­o­gy and the pres­ence of pot­tery. Peo­ple liv­ing dur­ing the Avon­lea peri­od were also known for their large, com­plex bison hunt­ing skills. The Whit­ing Slough site (ElNs-10) pro­vides fur­ther insight into Avon­lea cul­ture. The com­bi­na­tion of unique­ly arranged bone uprights, the odd mix­ing of fau­nal remains, the high num­ber of pro­jec­tile points, and the pres­ence of a black sed­i­ment lay­er has cre­at­ed a site where a fur­ther under­stand­ing of the Avon­lea cul­ture can occur. This pre­sen­ta­tion will cov­er four dif­fer­ent aspects of research on the Whit­ing Slough site. The first will cov­er the results of a geoar­chae­o­log­i­cal analy­sis to deter­mine the for­ma­tion process­es of an unusu­al black sand sed­i­ment. The sec­ond will describe the fau­nal analy­sis that is being com­plet­ed to gain insight into the pro­cure­ment strat­e­gy and pro­cess­ing tech­nique at the site. The third will focus on under­stand­ing the Avon­lea pro­jec­tile points at the site using 2D and 3D shape analy­sis in an attempt to iden­ti­fy and explain the pres­ence or absence of vari­a­tion with­in the assem­blage. Last­ly, the pre­lim­i­nary results of the spa­tial analy­sis of arti­facts will be dis­cussed. Specif­i­cal­ly, how the arti­facts recov­ered relate to each oth­er, to the bone uprights, and to the pit fea­tures with the hope of iden­ti­fy­ing spe­cial­ized activ­i­ty areas.

Biogra­phies:
Paul Thom­son
Paul is cur­rent­ly in his sec­ond year of grad­u­ate school in Archae­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan (U of S), under advi­sor Dr. Ernie Walk­er. He com­plet­ed a Bach­e­lor of Arts with Hon­ours in Archae­ol­o­gy at the U of S in 2016 and decid­ed to con­tin­ue pur­su­ing his aca­d­e­m­ic career with a focus in zooar­chae­ol­o­gy. Paul accept­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take on the zooar­chae­o­log­i­cal analy­sis of the Whit­ing Slough site, pre­vi­ous­ly exca­vat­ed by West­ern Her­itage. It is through this project that Paul will be able to fur­ther his knowl­edge of archae­ol­o­gy and fau­nal mate­ri­als.

Cal­lie Diduck
Cal­lie is orig­i­nal­ly from Win­nipeg, Man­i­to­ba where she received a 4 year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Degree with a major in Bioan­thro­pol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Win­nipeg. Through­out her aca­d­e­m­ic career she worked as a FSWEP stu­dent, a casu­al con­tract work­er for Parks Cana­da, and as a stu­dent for the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety. Her employ­ment expe­ri­ence has con­cen­trat­ed on both field and lab work focus­ing on both pre­his­toric and his­tor­i­cal sites. She is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing a Master’s degree in Archae­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan.

Auro­ra Bow­ery
Auro­ra grew up in south­west­ern Ontario, but com­plet­ed her under­grad­u­ate degree in Archae­ol­o­gy and Geog­ra­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge. Dur­ing her time in Leth­bridge she worked at Parks Cana­da as an archae­ol­o­gist and vol­un­teered with the Archae­ol­o­gy Soci­ety of Alber­ta — Leth­bridge Chap­ter. She also spent a year in Eng­land for school where she helped exca­vate part of the Roman fort at Can­ter­bury. She is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing her Mas­ters of Archae­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan.

Bran­don Halyk
Bran­don is cur­rent­ly a 2nd year mas­ters stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. He com­plet­ed his B.A. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan in 2016. He has spent parts of 3 field sea­sons exca­vat­ing on both CRM and aca­d­e­m­ic projects in Saskatchewan, Man­i­to­ba, and Ontario. Bran­don is cur­rent­ly work­ing on his Mas­ters degree look­ing at the spa­tial rela­tions at the Whit­ing Slough site.

December Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Decem­ber 15th 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!  Tasha Hodg­son will be speak­ing on an “Intro­duc­tion to Micro-ana­lyt­i­cal Tech­niques for Lithics: Use-wear and Residue Analy­sis”.  All are wel­come!

Abstract: Intro­duc­tion to Micro-ana­lyt­i­cal Tech­niques for Lithics: Use-wear and Residue Analy­sis
Use-wear and residue analy­sis are exam­ples of micro-ana­lyt­i­cal tech­niques, which focus on the inter­pre­ta­tion of tool func­tion through micro­scop­ic, bio­chem­i­cal, or spec­tro­scop­ic data. Use-wear analy­sis inter­prets micro-dam­ages formed through spe­cif­ic tasks or motions through­out the use-life of an arti­fact, while residue analy­sis involves the inter­pre­ta­tion of amor­phous or invis­i­ble residues pre­served on tool sur­faces or edges. These approach­es are of par­tic­u­lar val­ue for assem­blages which lack organ­ic com­po­nents due to cor­ro­sive bur­ial envi­ron­ments, or for arti­facts which lack con­tex­tu­al infor­ma­tion.

This pre­sen­ta­tion offers an intro­duc­tion to using these tech­niques. Com­mon method­olog­i­cal approach­es of each will be pre­sent­ed, includ­ing detailed descrip­tions of char­ac­ter­is­tic wear pat­terns and micro­scop­ic residue com­po­nents. Results of an analy­sis of Ear­ly Pre-con­tact arti­facts from the North Supe­ri­or region will be dis­cussed to high­light the applic­a­bil­i­ty of these meth­ods to col­lec­tions recov­ered from areas with poor organ­ic preser­va­tion.

Biog­ra­phy: Tasha Hodg­son, MES
Tasha grew up in south­west­ern Man­i­to­ba and com­plet­ed her under­grad­u­ate degree in Anthro­pol­o­gy at Bran­don Uni­ver­si­ty. She lat­er com­plet­ed a Mas­ters of Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies at Lake­head Uni­ver­si­ty in Thun­der Bay, Ontario. Over the past nine years, Tasha has worked on sev­er­al archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tions, cat­a­logued archae­o­log­i­cal and eth­no­his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions, par­tic­i­pat­ed in mul­ti­ple pub­lic out­reach and edu­ca­tion pro­grams, and assist­ed in the devel­op­ment of archae­o­log­i­cal data­bas­es in Man­i­to­ba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Colum­bia.

November Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Novem­ber talk! We are lucky to have four speak­ers this month! Mikay­la Coad will present “Sherds are For­ev­er”, Michael Lewis will speak on “0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues Under the Sea”, and Kali Siel­sky and Johan­na Robin­son will present on “A Sum­mer at ØHM 1247: Look­ing at a Rur­al Medieval Ceme­tery in Den­mark”. All are wel­come to join us!

Abstracts:
Sherds are For­ev­er
I will describe my expe­ri­ence from two sea­sons of exca­va­tion at the site of Tel Beth Shemesh, in the Shep­helah region of cen­tral Israel. I will dis­cuss the back­ground of the site, what has been found, and some of the recent dis­cov­er­ies that have been made dur­ing my time at the site. In addi­tion, I will describe the expe­ri­ence of exca­vat­ing in Israel dur­ing the hot sum­mer months.

0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues under the Sea: An Under­wa­ter exca­va­tion on the Nis­sa Ship­wreck, Cyprus
I will describe the expe­ri­ence of an under­wa­ter archae­ol­o­gy field school and project being con­duct­ed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly off a 27 x 8 metre dive boat, logis­ti­cal chal­lenges and issues, and the meth­ods and tech­niques used to when deal­ing with an under­wa­ter exca­va­tion at a depth of 28 metres (0.005 Nau­ti­cal Leagues).

A Sum­mer at ØHM 1247: Look­ing at a Rur­al Medieval Ceme­tery in Den­mark
Believed to be in use from the 12th to 16th cen­tu­ry (medieval peri­od in Den­mark), Hågerup ceme­tery is thought to con­tain an esti­mat­ed two to four thou­sand indi­vid­u­als from the sur­round­ing Hågerup vil­lage and rur­al area. From the exca­va­tions of the first field sea­son at ØHM 1247 the result­ing data con­clud­ed that the ceme­tery was indeed in use for at least the 12th to 14th cen­turies and involved a num­ber of indi­vid­u­als from all dif­fer­ent age, sex, stature, and health cat­e­gories. Poor preser­va­tion, exca­va­tion tech­niques and time played a part in the small sam­ple size from this first sea­son but in years to come this could poten­tial­ly be one of the great­est sam­ples of a rur­al medieval pop­u­la­tion in Den­mark.

Biogra­phies:
Mikay­la Coad is a 4th year under­grad­u­ate Archae­ol­o­gy stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. Her research inter­ests are on Ancient Near East­ern pot­tery of the Bronze and Iron ages and hopes to attend grad­u­ate school focus­ing on these top­ics.

Michael Lewis is a 4th year under­grad­u­ate Archae­ol­o­gy stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. His research inter­ests are in the field of mar­itime archae­ol­o­gy, and include such top­ics as dig­i­tal ship­wreck recon­struc­tion. Besides scu­ba div­ing around the world, He has par­tic­i­pat­ed in both ter­res­tri­al and under­wa­ter archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tions and plans to attend grad­u­ate school to spe­cial­ize in the field of Nau­ti­cal Archae­ol­o­gy.

Kali Siel­sky is cur­rent­ly a fourth-year stu­dent in the Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. She is pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Arts, Hon­ours degree in Archae­ol­o­gy with a strong inter­est in bioar­chae­ol­o­gy and North­west Coast archae­ol­o­gy. Kali hopes to con­tin­ue her stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan look­ing at bur­ial sites on the West Coast of Cana­da. She enjoys trav­el­ling, and was for­tu­nate enough this sum­mer to trav­el around Europe with her friend Johan­na, doing what they love most, look­ing at bones.

Johan­na Robin­son is cur­rent­ly in her fourth year of stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. She is study­ing archae­ol­o­gy, but is specif­i­cal­ly inter­est­ed in the field of bioar­chae­ol­o­gy. One of her dreams has always been to work in the field of foren­sics. Some of her adven­tures this past year include attend­ing a Bioar­chae­ol­o­gy field school in Den­mark, trav­el­ling to many new places/countries and final­ly, becom­ing a new­ly­wed.

October Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, Octo­ber 20th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our first Fall talk of 2017! Dr. Ter­ence Clark (Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan and Direc­tor of the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project) will be speak­ing on “T’i s-tsitsiy-im-ut-?e (They worked here): the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project (sARP)”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: T’i s-tsitsiy-im-ut-?e (They worked here): the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project (sARP)
This talk will dis­cuss the results of the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project, a long-term col­lab­o­ra­tive project based in Sechelt, BC. SARP has uncov­ered the most elab­o­rate pre-con­tact buri­als yet known in Cana­da, with one indi­vid­ual interred with over 350,000 ground stone beads. This talk will dis­cuss pre­vi­ous field­work activ­i­ties and out­line the future direc­tions of the project. Top­ics will include coastal sur­vey, shell mid­den exca­va­tion, pub­lic archae­ol­o­gy, muse­um exhi­bi­tions, land­scapes of mean­ing, com­mu­ni­ty-based research, and mor­tu­ary archae­ol­o­gy.

Biog­ra­phy:
Ter­ence Clark is a recent addi­tion to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy. He is the direc­tor of the shíshálh Archae­o­log­i­cal Research Project (sARP), a com­mu­ni­ty-based col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, and the shíshálh Nation. He was pre­vi­ous­ly the Cura­tor of West­ern Cana­di­an Archae­ol­o­gy at the Cana­di­an Muse­um of His­to­ry. He has spent over 20 years work­ing on the North­west Coast, exca­vat­ing hun­dreds of sites, and work­ing close­ly with dozens of Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. His areas of inter­est are com­mu­ni­ty-based archae­ol­o­gy, hunter-fish­er-gath­er­ers, com­pu­ta­tion­al archae­ol­o­gy, and land­scape archae­ol­o­gy.

April Meeting and AGM Announcement


Join us on Fri­day, April 7th 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 talk! Rob Won­drasek (Atlatl Archae­ol­o­gy) will be speak­ing on “Bone Pits and Work­ing Floors: Unique Fea­tures and Tools from Four Sites in Hardis­ty, AB”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Bone Pits and Work­ing Floors: Unique Fea­tures and Tools from Four Sites in Hardis­ty, AB
The talk will cov­er the results of exca­va­tions car­ried out at four sites with­in the sand hills in the Bat­tle Riv­er val­ley south of Hardis­ty, AB. Exca­va­tions were start­ed in Octo­ber of 2013 and con­tin­ued straight through till Sep­tem­ber 2015. The sites con­tain occu­pa­tions span­ning a 7,000 year peri­od with a num­ber of unique fea­tures includ­ing a large bone filled pit, evi­dence of a small habi­ta­tion struc­ture and some unusu­al pro­jec­tile points from the Ear­ly Mid­dle peri­od. Exca­vat­ing at the site also offered a num­ber of unusu­al chal­lenges; exca­vat­ing through the win­ter months to depths over 3 m, in loose sand deposits with a fluc­tu­at­ing water table, that called for some unusu­al method­olo­gies to car­ry out the mit­i­ga­tion.

Biog­ra­phy: Rob Won­drasek
Rob received his Mas­ters from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan in 1997 and has spent the last 20 years con­duct­ing HRIAs for large scale oil and gas projects in B.C., Alber­ta, Saskatchewan and Man­i­to­ba. Along with Rachel Lin­de­mann, Rob cur­rent­ly oper­ates Atlatl Archae­ol­o­gy out of Leth­bridge, AB. Atlatl Archaeology’s cur­rent project involves exca­va­tions with­in the orig­i­nal Fort Macleod NWMP Fort and town site in Fort Macleod AB.