About Us

About Our Organization…

The Saska­toon Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety was found­ed on May 2, 1935 by twelve peo­ple inter­est­ed in under­stand­ing who had made the arti­facts they col­lect­ed from the area. Ten of these twelve founders were direct­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan and encour­aged the library to expand its hold­ings in archae­ol­o­gy. Many of these founders and lat­er mem­bers made sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to his­to­ry, chem­istry, agri­cul­ture and provin­cial her­itage leg­is­la­tion.

The mem­bers of the SAS were also instru­men­tal in the cre­ation of the Depart­ment of  Archae­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. This served to increase the con­tact between the ama­teur and pro­fes­sion­al com­mu­ni­ty of archae­ol­o­gists. The Soci­ety has main­tained an active inter­est in the Depart­ment and has added its sup­port in main­tain­ing the Department’s pro­grams and staffing lev­els.

The Soci­ety also played a strong advo­ca­cy role in the pro­tec­tion of provin­cial archae­o­log­i­cal sites and mate­r­i­al. From its con­cep­tion in the 1930s, mem­bers orga­nized con­trolled exca­va­tions of threat­ened sites. Let­ters were writ­ten to the gov­ern­ment about the loss of arti­facts from the province — many arrow­heads being sold to the high­est bid­ders. They also lob­bied the gov­ern­ment to pro­tect areas of high archae­o­log­i­cal impor­tance, such as Tip­per­ary Creek (now known as Wanuskewin Her­itage Park).

In the 1970s, efforts were made to pro­duce ade­quate her­itage leg­is­la­tion in Saskatchewan. In 1980 and 1981, the group pre­sent­ed its views on a new her­itage act and the impor­tance of under­stand­ing pre-con­tact cul­tures to a gov­ern­ment pan­el which was attempt­ing to pro­duce a cul­tur­al pol­i­cy for the province. The Soci­ety has been instru­men­tal in sup­port­ing cur­rent pro­tec­tive her­itage leg­is­la­tion and archae­o­log­i­cal activ­i­ty with­in the province. It has also been involved with the City of Saska­toon in cre­at­ing munic­i­pal her­itage pol­i­cy and work­ing with the Mee­wasin Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

The Saska­toon Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety is the old­est, active city-based avo­ca­tion­al soci­ety in Cana­da.

Want To Learn More?

The Saska­toon Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety hosts meet­ings between the months of Octo­ber and April.   Every month a guest speak­er is invit­ed to pre­pare a pre­sen­ta­tion to our Soci­ety about any­thing relat­ed to archae­ol­o­gy and her­itage.  Speak­ers ranger from pro­fes­sion­al archae­ol­o­gists to peo­ple who are sim­ply inter­est­ed in archae­ol­o­gy!  Details on who our next speak­er will be as well as when and where our meet­ings will be held will be post­ed on the home page of this web­site.

If you are inter­est­ed in join­ing our Soci­ety or inter­est­ed in attend­ing one of our meet­ings, please feel free to con­tact us!

Why Become A Member?

A mem­ber­ship to the SAS will get you the fol­low­ing:

  • A copy of our month­ly newslet­ter the “Bison Post”
  • Infor­ma­tive month­ly speak­ers at meet­ings from Octo­ber to April
  • The oppor­tu­ni­ty to take part in local archae­o­log­i­cal projects and field trips
  • The oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet and dis­cuss archae­ol­o­gy and her­itage issues with ama­teur and pro­fes­sion­al archae­ol­o­gists

How To Become A Member?

 If you want to become a mem­ber, please send your name, address and postal code with your pay­ment to:
The Saska­toon Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety,
Box 328, R.P.O. Uni­ver­si­ty,
Saska­toon SK, S7N 4J8.

Annu­al Mem­ber­ship fees are:
Fam­i­ly \$15.00
Sin­gle \$10.00

How to Contact Us:

Mailing Address:

The Saska­toon Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety,
Box 328, R.P.O. Uni­ver­si­ty,
Saska­toon SK, S7N 4J8.

Phone:

(306) 244‑4650
(306) 966‑4175

Fax:

(306) 966‑5640

E-Mail:

saskatoon.archaeology@gmail.com

Contact Form:

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3 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Good after­noon,
    I’m the Indige­nous Per­spec­tives con­sul­tant with SK Rivers School Divi­sion in Prince Albert. I attend­ed the Metis Learn­ing Day at West­mount School in Saska­toon. While there I wit­nessed grade 4 stu­dents play­ing a very engag­ing game at your organization’s sta­tion. What was it called and how can one order a copy? I would love to share this resource with teach­ers in SK Rivers.
    Thanks,
    Jodi

    1. Hi Jodi,

      Sor­ry for the late reply! We weren’t check­ing the web­page over the sum­mer. That game was actu­al­ly pro­duced by our par­ent orga­ni­za­tion, the Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety. It can be pur­chased from them by call­ing 306–664-4124, email­ing them at general@thesas.ca or online at http://www.thesas.ca/shop. It’s called “Trap­pers and Traders: A Fur Trade Card Game”.

  2. I am head­ing out this am to locate The Hud­son House trad­ing post.
    Was sur­prised at the lack of infor­ma­tion on this site.
    So many impor­tant Metis Sites in our area being lost in time

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