Head-Smashed-In Tour: June 2nd

Please join the Archaeological Society on a field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Head-Smashed-In (HSI) Buffalo Jump on Saturday, June 2nd. Bus will depart from south end of Calgary at 7:45 am. Expect to be back in Calgary around 5:30pm. The field trip will include a walking tour of the drive lanes at HSI; we encourage wearing sturdy footwear and to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. There is no cost for the field trip thanks to a generous donation from Plains Midstream.

*To register please email: info@arkycalgary.com

The trip is limited to 48 participants and registration will be on a “first registered first served” basis. Preregistration is required to attend. A wait list will be compiled if necessary. Once registration is confirmed, a map will be provided to the bus meeting place.

**Please note that lunch and water will not be provided.
*** We suggest bringing a bag lunch as we will be touring the drive lanes over lunch.

Cluny Volunteer Excavations

The University of Calgary is offering a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park this summer. Participants will excavate alongside members of the Archaeology Field School at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site. First time participants will receive a tour of the archaeological site. Volunteers will be supervised by experienced University of Calgary graduate students. Training in archaeological excavation techniques will be provided on site. All artifacts from the site are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

The program will operate from May 22 to June 22, 2018, Tuesday–Saturday. Cost consists of the daily admission fee to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park ($12.00 + GST for adults, $8.00 for children). Participants will meet with volunteer program supervisors at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre parking lot at 9:00 AM each day—please note that there are no overnight accommodation facilities at the park.

Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times; the minimum age requirement is 12. All participants will be required to complete a Volunteer Liability Waiver Form and a Photography Waiver Form. Participants under the age of 18 must also complete an Informed Consent Form.

Check out our Facebook Page (University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program – https://www.facebook.com/UCpubarky) and our website (https://antharky.ucalgary.ca/public-archaeology/) for updates.

Please email pubarky@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-8537 to register or for further information.

Stone Circle Mapping

*Please note this event is through the Lethbridge Center*
May 26th- May 27th

ASA – Lethbridge Center requires volunteers to aid in the mapping and recording of approximately 50 stone circles at a previously recorded site along the Little Bow River. Dr. Peter Dawson from the University of Calgary will be joining and demonstrating the use of drones with multi-spectral imaging to map the site and help locate other rings that may be hidden.

*Please note that you must be an ASA member to attend. If you haven’t bought your membership yet, the cost is $10 for students and $20 for individuals or families.Please email arky.lethbridge@gmail.com to RSVP

Brazeau Reservoir Public Survey

May 26th @ Brazeau Reservoir PRA
9am-5pm

Tree Time Services Inc. is sponsoring the Archaeological Society of Alberta’s (ASA) public survey of the Brazeau Reservoir. TTSI team members and volunteers from the ASA will be on hand to lead a survey and teach people how to spot artifacts in the exposed sands. In past years, people have found many projectile points, boiling pits, and ancient horse fossils.

The event is free for ASA members. For more information or to become part of the ASA, contact brazeauarchaeologicalsurvey@gmail.com

Writing on Stone Tour

*Please note this Tour is through the Lethbridge Centre*

***Re Scheduled for May 19th***

Come tour Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park’s newly acquired lands in the West Block and Heffner Coulee. Tour will be lead by interpreters from WOSPP. There will be a weiner roast in the campground after the tour concludes.

*Please note that the attendance will be capped at 30 people and you must be an ASA member to attend. If you haven’t bought your membership yet, the cost is $10 for students and $20 for individuals or families.Please email arky.lethbridge@gmail.com to RSVP

March Lecture Series

Presenter: Dr. Max Friesen, University of Toronto
Title: Inuvialuit Architecture: The Archaeology of Cruciform Houses in the Mackenzie Delta
Where:University of Calgary ICT 121
When: March 21st, 7:30 pm
Within the great range of house types occupied by Northern peoples in the 19th century, a few stand out due to their size, complexity, or unusual form. One of the most spectacular is the cruciform semi-subterranean house occupied by Inuvialuit in the Mackenzie Delta region, Northwest Territories. These are known through traditional knowledge and ethnohistoric sources as very large, carefully constructed driftwood-framed houses with three alcoves bordering a central floor area. Over the past 60 years, several archaeologists have excavated portions of cruciform houses, leading to gradually increasing knowledge about them. However, due to their great size, deep burial, and problems with permafrost, it has been difficult to excavate one fully. In this paper, I report on the recent excavation of two large cruciform houses at the site of Kuukpak on the East Channel of the Mackenzie River. Following a brief overview of the ethnohistoric record, I will interpret aspects of the houses’ architectural form, construction techniques, episodes of rebuilding, and change over time.

Stones and Bones 2018

Have you ever wondered about the artifacts you’ve found in your own backyard in Southern Alberta?

Do you have artifacts or fossils that you want identified?

The Archaeological Society of Alberta – Calgary Centre has organized a weekend of archaeological discovery and exploration at the: Nose Creek Valley Museum in Airdrie
This Family Fun Event is FREE!!

Bring your arrowheads and other artifacts, as well as any fossils or bones you may have for identification. Archaeologists and a Paleontologist from the Royal Alberta Museum will be available to identify and discuss your discoveries

For more information please contact:
Brent Murphy at info@arkycalgary.com
www.arkycalgary.com 
www.nosecreekvalleymuseum.com

Nose Creek Valley Museum
1701 Main St S.W., Airdrie, AB
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 10 am to 4pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 10 am to 3 pm

Introduction to Flintknapping Workshop

 

Back for the seventh consecutive year, we are offering the workshop over two days at the Nose Creek Valley Museum in Airdrie.

On Saturday April 14th we will be offering an Introduction to Flintknapping. This course will be beneficial to those new to making stone tools, as well as those just looking for a little extra practice and a few pointers. A basic introduction to techniques involved in the production of chipped stone tools will include: platform preparation, hard hammer and soft hammer percussion and pressure flaking. The course runs 9 am to 3 pm, at the Nose Creek Valley Museum in Airdrie.

On Sunday April 15th, we will be holding a full day Knap-In. This course is aimed at those with a strong desire to improve their existing flintknapping and prehistoric technology skills. The workshop will take the form of instructor led discussion and demonstration on platform preparation and thinning, followed by the numerous techniques utilized in the hafting of arrowheads and spear points to tool shafts (notching, raw hide, sinew, hide glue etc..) As in previous Knap-Ins, we encourage participants to bring their own projects to share experience, skills, and techniques with others. Projects in the past have included slate knives, multi component tools, fluting and the fletching of arrows. The course runs 9 am to 3 pm at the Nose Creek Valley Museum in Airdrie. Please note, that in order to take the second day, you must have taken the first day or an equivalent course (experience with flintknapping is required).

$35.00 for one day / $50.00 for both days

*Special one day discount rate for students ($30.00)

Includes instructions, material and lunch. Space is limited!

Priority will be given to Archaeological Society Members.

Please contact Brent Murphy for more information or to register at info@arkycalgary.com

 

November Lecture Series

Mallows Bay, The Ghost Fleet and Beyond

Dr. Sue Langley, State Underwater Archaeologist,
Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Department of Planning

**** ICT 121 *** ROOM CHANGE FOR THE MONTH
November 15th, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

On an ebb tide, nearly 100 skeletons
of WWI-era wooden steamboats seem to rise from
the waters of a small embayment on the Potomac
River. This presentation will explain the history of
these watercraft and how they ended up in Maryland
and why they will be the focus of the first new
National Marine Sanctuary in more than 20 years.
While the centenary commemorations of WWI
make this a timely endeavor, the area is steeped
in history; much of it also represented in and
around the bay.

BIOGRAPHY – Since completing her MA and PhD at The
University of Calgary, Dr. Langley has been the Maryland
State Underwater Archaeologist for more than 23 years
directing the Maryland Maritime Archaeology Program
within the Department of Planning’s Maryland Historical
Trust. She is an adjunct professor at several colleges and
universities, where she teaches underwater archaeology
and the history of piracy. She also taught maritime
archaeology in Thailand for several years for the Southeast
Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO,
part of UNESCO). She is an active PADI Master SCUBA
Diver Trainer, and lectures globally on a variety of subjects
including maritime archaeology and piracy, as well as
textile technology, food ways, and the archaeology of
beekeeping and its current practices globally. An active
beekeeper, she is also responsible for the hive at Government
House. including maritime archaeology and piracy, as well as textile technology, food ways, and the archaeology of beekeeping and its current practices globally. An active beekeeper, she is also responsible for the hive at Government House.

October Lecture Series

Thunderbird and Whale: The Archaeology of Nuu-chah-nulth
Whaling

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
University of Calgary
Tom Oliver Room, ES 162, 7:30pm

Dr. Alan McMillan, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser
University
Abstract: Whaling was a central theme in the lives of the Nuu-chahnulth people of western Vancouver Island. It featured heavily in not only their traditional economy but their art, ceremonies, and oral histories. This talk presents recent archaeological research in Barkley Sound, emphasizing evidence of ancient whaling, its development, and its persistence in Nuu chah-nulth art and traditions today.

Alan McMillan is an adjunct professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. He has conducted extensive research on the archaeology and ethnohistory of Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples, particularly the Nuu-chahnulth of western Vancouver Island, and has written numerous books and monographs, articles, and reports.