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.
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 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 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 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.