The Saskatoon Archaeological Society is pleased to announce our 80th Anniversary and Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture speaker! Dr. Leland C. Bement (Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Oklahoma State University) will be joining us as our keynote. Dr. Bement is probably best known for his work with the Cooper Site, one of the best preserved Folsom bison kills on the Southern Plains. Lee will be speaking on PaleoIndian adaptations to changing climates and bison hunting strategies. Lee is an engaging speaker and he has worked at many exceptional Paleoindian sites in the southern plains. This is a truly special opportunity we are taking advantage of to have him speak to the Saskatoon Archaeological Society.
We are asking for your help in funding the Jessie Caldwell event this year, to be held the evening of Friday, Sept. 25th (more info will follow in the Bison Post). Please consider contributing to the Saskatoon Archaeological Society by either mailing in a cheque (Saskatoon Archaeological Society, Box 328, RPO University, Saskatoon SK, S7N 4J8) or you can give your contribution in person to Dr. Margaret Kennedy at the University ( or to the folks in the main Archaeology and Anthropology Department office if she is not around).
Join us tonight, Friday, April 17th at 7:00pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus for our April Meeting. Our speaker will be Karmen VanderZwan speaking on the 2014 SAS study tour to Italy. We will also hold our Annual General Meeting tonight. All are welcome to attend!
Join us on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 7:00pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building (55 Campus Drive) on the University of Saskatchewan campus for our monthly meeting. Our March speaker is Tim Panas. Tim is the interim curator at the Prince Albert Historical Museum. He is a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan and a member-at-large of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society along with being a Director with the Saskatoon Archaeological Society. His background is in western Canadian history and archaeology. He has had the opportunity to work in many facets of archaeology including institutions such as the Canadian Museum of History, the Royal Alberta Museum and for several government agencies.
Sturgeon Fort is the trading post that was built by Peter Pond of the North West Company just west of the current city of Prince Albert. There is little in the written record about Pond’s time along the North Saskatchewan River but the archaeological record may reveal more. Parks Canada conducted two archaeological excavations at the site in the 1960s and in 1995. What did they find? Material from the Fort has been found within the Prince Albert Historical Society collections. This presentation will examine the material that has been found and how this impact what is known about the site.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building!
Tomasin Playford – A Biography
Tomasin originally comes from Brandon, Manitoba where she completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology. While there, she spent several summers working in southwestern Manitoba on archaeological sites in the Lauder Sandills. She completed her Master’s Degree in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan where she compared subsistence strategies of two Late Precontact archaeological groups inhabiting the Canadian northeastern Plains. Her recently completed PhD dissertation quantified animal food resources and attempted to explain subsistence variability by placing sites within Aboriginal seasons. She is currently the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society.
Abstract — Bison Today and Yesterday: Using Modern Bison Behaviour to Understand Past Birthing Schedules
It is well established that bison played a pivotal role in the lifeways of Northern Plains people. Archaeologists are very aware of this relationship and realize that in order to better understand past peoples, it is necessary to understand the animals that were important to them. There has been some debate about whether or not modern day bison can be used to model past and extinct bison species. Complicating the matter are contradictions in the historical literature. This presentation will address the feasibility of using modern bison to model past bison behaviour, especially in regards to the nature and timing of bison mating and birth schedules, which has implications for estimating seasonality of archaeological sites.
The Saskatoon Archaeological Society
is proud to present:
South Branch House and the Three Manitobans
by Candice Koblun
ArchaeoCaravan 2014: The Southwest Experience
by Maria Mampe & Loni Williams
WHEN: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Archaeology Building Room 132 (55 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan)