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.


March Meeting Announcement — Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture

Join us on Fri­day, March 17th 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. Col­in Laroque (Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan) will be speak­ing on “The Inter­twin­ing Branch­es of Den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy: Explor­ing Cul­tur­al and Built Her­itage”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: The Inter­twin­ing Branch­es of Den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy: Explor­ing Cul­tur­al and Built Her­itage
Den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy is the sci­ence of using tree rings to bet­ter under­stand the tim­ing of when wood was har­vest­ed in the past. Most often the dat­ing accu­ra­cy is to a spe­cif­ic year, or in some cas­es, part of a par­tic­u­lar sea­son with­in a year. Under­stand­ing the time of har­vest, will often give a researcher many clues as to the tim­ing of use for the object or built his­to­ry, and when a num­ber of indi­vid­ual wood sam­ples from the same col­lec­tion all arrive at the same place in time, it can be a pow­er­ful start­ing point to under­stand the greater her­itage of an object.

In this pre­sen­ta­tion, I will begin by giv­ing a brief back­ground on the sci­ence of den­droar­chae­ol­o­gy, and then explore three exam­ples from work con­duct­ed by my lab that explore a range of archae­o­log­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tions. I will illus­trate how under­stand­ing when wood was har­vest­ed gives a much greater appre­ci­a­tion of an object and its built his­to­ry. In many cas­es, these “his­to­ry mys­ter­ies” have both a cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to Cana­da and Cana­di­ans.

Biog­ra­phy: Dr. Col­in Laroque
Col­in grew up in Saska­toon in the Rivers­dale area and went to the U of S for his under­grad­u­ate degree in Phys­i­cal Geog­ra­phy. He then went to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vic­to­ria and com­plet­ed his MSc. and PhD. degrees study­ing coastal envi­ron­ments and becom­ing a tree-ring sci­en­tist.

Col­in was offered his first tenure track posi­tion at Mount Alli­son Uni­ver­si­ty in New Brunswick and while there, cre­at­ed the MAD Lab. He stud­ied treed areas in all dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments in Atlantic Cana­da. The MAD Lab was very suc­cess­ful and they worked on many inter­est­ing project through the years. The lab became known as one of the main tree-ring labs in Cana­da, and con­duct­ed many types of tree-ring research from coast to coast to coast. After ten years Col­in jumped at the chance to move back home to Saska­toon and he start­ed back in the Soil Sci­ence and SENS depart­ments in Jan­u­ary 2014.

The new MAD Lab is try­ing to con­tin­ue their long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of top qual­i­ty research, while hav­ing as much fun as they can. At home, Col­in has a son and iden­ti­cal twin daugh­ters and he and his wife are hap­pi­ly set­tling back into life in ‘Toon town.

Fri­day, March 17th, 2017 is also CHARM (Cul­ture, Her­itage and Archae­o­log­i­cal Resources Meet) from 5:00 — 7:00 pm.  This year’s event is being orga­nized by the Anthro­pol­o­gy Archae­ol­o­gy Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion (Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan). Come out to talk to dif­fer­ent her­itage orga­ni­za­tions, con­sult­ing com­pa­nies, stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, etc! All are wel­come!

February Meeting Announcement


Join us on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve)! Dr. Kisha Super­nant (Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta) will be speak­ing on “Explor­ing the Pat­terns of Métis Over­win­ter­ing in Saskatchewan: Chim­ney Coulee and the Search for Round Prairie”.  All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Explor­ing the Pat­terns of Métis Over­win­ter­ing in Saskatchewan: Chim­ney Coulee and the Search for Round Prairie
The Cana­di­an west dur­ing the 1800s pro­vides an inter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal and archae­o­log­i­cal case study that has poten­tial to shed light on the dynam­ics of set­tle­ment, mate­r­i­al cul­ture, and the mobile nature of Métis peo­ples. Based orig­i­nal­ly in the Red Riv­er Set­tle­ment, some of the Métis began to expand west after 1845, form­ing inter­con­nect­ed win­ter­ing com­mu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in win­ter bison hunt­ing. These win­ter­ing com­mu­ni­ties were almost entire­ly inhab­it­ed by Métis fam­i­lies, so the assem­blages from win­ter­ing sites present a test case to exam­ine the day to day mate­r­i­al cul­ture of the Métis hunt­ing brigades dur­ing the mid- to late-1800s. In this paper, I exam­ine pat­terns from pre­vi­ous and new exca­va­tions of Métis occu­pa­tion at the Chim­ney Coulee site, near East End, Saskatchewan to explore how Métis com­mu­ni­ties bal­anced the mobil­i­ty of buf­fa­lo hunt­ing with the need for a pro­tect­ed home base dur­ing the dif­fi­cult prairie win­ters. I exam­ine the cur­rent data from win­ter­ing sites to help pre­dict where we might find addi­tion­al over­win­ter­ing loca­tions in Saskatchewan, includ­ing the elu­sive Round Prairie win­ter­ing site.

Biog­ra­phy: Dr. Kisha Super­nant
Dr. Kisha Super­nant is Métis and an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, spe­cial­iz­ing in the appli­ca­tion of map­ping meth­ods to the human past and present and how archae­ol­o­gists and com­mu­ni­ties can build col­lab­o­ra­tive research rela­tion­ships. Her research inter­ests include the rela­tion­ship between cul­tur­al iden­ti­ties, land­scapes and the use of space, Métis archae­ol­o­gy, indige­nous archae­ol­o­gy, indige­nous fem­i­nisms, the legal and eth­i­cal impli­ca­tions of archae­ol­o­gy, and the role of dig­i­tal map­ping and GIS spa­tial analy­sis in archae­o­log­i­cal research. She has pub­lished in local and inter­na­tion­al jour­nals on GIS in archae­ol­o­gy, col­lab­o­ra­tive archae­o­log­i­cal prac­tice, and con­cep­tu­al map­ping in dig­i­tal human­i­ties. Dr. Super­nant is cur­rent­ly the PI of the SSHRC Fund­ed EMITA (Explor­ing Métis Iden­ti­ty Through Archae­ol­o­gy) project.

January Meeting Announcement


Join us on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 20th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our first meet­ing of 2017! Katie Burdeyney and Eliann Stof­fel will be speak­ing on “A Sum­mer with the Archaeo­Car­a­van”.  All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: A Sum­mer with the Archaeo­Car­a­van
The Archaeo­Car­a­van Pro­gram was a five-year project between the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety (SAS) and the Muse­ums Asso­ci­a­tion of Saskatchewan (MAS). The pro­gram was designed to assist Saskatchewan muse­ums with the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and dis­play of their archae­o­log­i­cal col­lec­tions and to spread aware­ness of Saskatchewan’s cul­tur­al his­to­ry. The pro­gram reach­es school chil­dren and the gen­er­al pub­lic through school pro­grams and pub­lic events, which are deliv­ered in part­ner­ship with local muse­ums. In 2016, the Archaeo­Car­a­van vis­it­ed the North East Muse­um Net­work, which includ­ed trips to La Ronge, Creighton, and some of Saskatchewan’s north­ern provin­cial parks.

December Meeting Announcement



Join us on Fri­day, Decem­ber 16th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our Decem­ber meet­ing! Dr. David Mey­er and Robert Clip­per­ton will be speak­ing on “What do Stone­henge, Ave­bury, Dieppe, Juno Beach, the Bayeux Tapes­try and the Las­caux Caves have in Com­mon?”. Bring some hol­i­day good­ies to share! All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: What do Stone­henge, Ave­bury, Dieppe, Juno Beach, the Bayeux Tapes­try and the Las­caux Caves have in Com­mon?
In May and June, the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Society’s 2016 Study Tour took us to Europe. It began on Sal­is­bury Plain with a vis­it to the Neolith­ic sites of Stone­henge and Ave­bury. Cross­ing the Eng­lish Chan­nel to Dieppe, we were toured through the World War II bat­tle­fields sur­round­ing Juno Beach. A free day in Bayeux allowed for view­ing of the famous tapes­try. Board­ing the bus for the Loire Val­ley, we vis­it­ed the medieval fortress at Chi­non. After a brief stop at Oradour, main­tained unchanged since the mas­sacre of its inhab­i­tants by the Nazis, we arrived at Sar­lat for two days of spelunk­ing at Upper Pale­olith­ic cave sites. Final­ly (for this pre­sen­ta­tion) we arrived at Arles on the Mediter­ranean coast, and toured the Roman Colos­se­um, Amphithe­atre, baths and the recov­ered remains of a Roman boat with a side trip to the Van Gough Muse­um.

Dr. David Mey­er is a retired archae­ol­o­gist and Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan.

Robert Clip­per­ton is a past pres­i­dent of the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety. Accord­ing to him­self, Robert has no archae­o­log­i­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions and knows noth­ing; but he does like to go on trips, espe­cial­ly SAS study tours!