The Saskatoon Archaeological Society is pleased to announce that our 80th Anniversary & 2015 Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecturer will be Dr. Leland Bement (Oklahoma Archaeological Survey)!
Dr. Leland Bement is with the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He has been with the Survey for 23 years. Significant research projects include excavating the 10,500 year old Cooper bison kill site, the 10,800 year old Jake Bluff bison kill, and the 9000 year old Ravenscroft bison kill site. He completed his B.A. at Fort Lewis College, Colorado in 1979, received his M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He specializes in Paleoindian studies, animal bone identification, hunter-gatherer adaptations, rock art, stone tool technologies, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. He has also published 2 books, including one on the Cooper site, 48 journal articles and has worked on numerous other research reports. Much of this work has been funded by Historic Preservation grants, the National Geographic Society, and the National Science Foundation as well as from private donations. In addition to being a research archaeologist at the Survey, Dr. Bement is an adjunct associate professor of Anthropology and graduate faculty member at OU, and an adjunct full professor of Plant and Soil Sciences and a graduate faculty member at OSU, Stillwater. He is also a research fellow at the Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock.
Large-Scale Bison Hunting at the Beaver River Complex, Southern Plains of North America Or, Who left all these animal bones in these gullies and why am I cleaning them out?
The Beaver River Complex of Paleoindian bison kill sites trace the development of large-scale communal bison kills from Clovis (13,000 years ago), to Folsom (12,600–12,300 years ago), to post-Folsom times (12,000 years ago) on the Southern Plains of North America. Artifacts from key sites are illustrated and discussed along with patterns of bison butchering and kill site size and design. Key questions to be addressed include: Why were these large-scale kills conducted? How many people were needed to successfully kill these animals? What did they do with all the meat? How did bison hunting fit into early Paleoindian adaptations on the Plains? Finally, what is the significance of a painted bison skull at one of these kill sites?
Please join us on Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 7:30pm in the St. Thomas More Theatre (Main Floor, 1437 Campus Drive) on the University of Saskatchewan Campus. There will be refreshments after the lecture in the Atrium.
For more information on the Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture Series, follow this link.