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.

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.