November Meeting Announcement


Join us this Fri­day (Novem­ber 20th) at 7:00pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing to hear Dr. Angela Liev­erse and Lau­ra Shut­tle­worth talk about their ongo­ing research as part of the Baikal-Hokkai­do Archae­ol­o­gy Project! All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract – Small places of large impor­tance: hunter-gath­er­er mor­tu­ary sites in ancient Siberia
This talk will focus on new and ongo­ing bioar­chae­o­log­i­cal research in the Cis-Baikal region of Siberia (Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion). The first part will present key find­ings from almost 20 years of work in the area, specif­i­cal­ly with regards to the life­ways of two dis­tinct pop­u­la­tions sep­a­rat­ed by an almost mil­len­ni­um-long ‘hia­tus’ dur­ing the mid­dle Neolith­ic peri­od (~7000–6000 years ago). The sec­ond part of the talk will focus on Shuttleworth’s ongo­ing MA research, which syn­the­sizes bio­log­i­cal data from human remains and mor­tu­ary archae­o­log­i­cal data in order to bet­ter under­stand the com­plex rela­tion­ships between iden­ti­ty (aspects such as age, gen­der, kin­ship, sta­tus) and life­ways (e.g., diet, mobil­i­ty, health, activ­i­ty).


October Meeting Announcement


Join us this Fri­day, Octo­ber 23rd at 7:00pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan cam­pus for our Octo­ber Meet­ing.  Our speak­er will be Liam Lani­gan. Liam’s talk is called “Fam­i­ly Plot: On-going Research from the Medieval Ceme­tery at Hof­s­taðir, Ice­land”.

Liam Lani­gan received his BSc Hon­ours in Archae­ol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan in 2010, before com­plet­ing an MSc in Skele­tal and Den­tal Bioar­chae­ol­o­gy at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. He has worked both com­mer­cial­ly and on research exca­va­tions in Ice­land, the Unit­ed King­dom, and Cana­da. As an archae­ol­o­gist, his inter­ests are Medieval and Viking Age archae­ol­o­gy in the North Atlantic and as a bioar­chae­ol­o­gist, his inter­ests include oral and cran­io­fa­cial pathol­o­gy, dietary recon­struc­tion, and neo­plas­tic and con­gen­i­tal con­di­tions. For the future Liam hopes to get involved with pro­teom­ic research in Den­mark before pur­su­ing a Ph.D.

After a decade of work, the exca­va­tions at the farm-based ceme­tery of Hof­s­taðir, in north­east Ice­land, came to a close this sum­mer. This pre­sen­ta­tion will explore the nature of the archae­ol­o­gy and its impor­tance, as well as dis­cussing some on-going and pre­lim­i­nary research on the skele­tal remains of the medieval inhab­i­tants of the farm. Focus will be on palaeode­mo­graph­ics, oral health and dis­ease, the hered­i­tary nature of osteoarthri­tis and the archae­ol­o­gy of age­ing, and palaeopathol­o­gy with­in the con­text of the Ice­landic expe­ri­ence in the Mid­dle Ages.

All are wel­come to attend!

80th Anniversary & Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture

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.

September News — Speaker Announcement

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).

April Meeting Announcement

aprilmeetingJoin 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!