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.

50th Chacmool Conference

The Chacmool conference started as a modest dream by a select few enthusiastic undergraduate students in the late 1960’s and since then the conference has prevailed and grown.  The Chacmool conference has over the years been organized and executed by driven and passionate undergraduate students, with the aid of supportive faculty and graduate students.  The success of the Chacmool conference is therefore the success of all who have partaken, from participants, to presenters, and organizers, and especially to the alumni of the University of Calgary who helped to ensure this conference continued.  The knowledge shared at these conferences, as well as the countless memories made, have provided Chacmool with a prominent legacy, and we hope to continue this legacy as we carry forward.

 

Please join us in celebrating the 50th Chacmool Conference at the University of Calgary November 8-12.
Visit the Chacmool Conference website by clicking Here

September Lecture Series

SEPT 20th: ES 162

Presenter:  Dr. Craig Lee, Principal Investigator at Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, a Research Scientist II/Associate Professor at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Montana State University

Title:  Ice Patch Archaeology in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Periglacial alpine snow and ice is melting in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and around the world in response to changing weather patterns. As it melts, some of this ancient ice is releasing an astonishing array of paleobiological and archaeological material, including trees, plants, animals, and insects, as well as rare and unique organic artifacts such as dart shafts, basketry, and other pieces of material culture.  Consistent with the oral traditions of many tribal groups, the GYE ice patch record allows for the conceptualization of the alpine—in ancient times, at least—as an ecosystem in balance where humans and animals alike took advantage of a seasonally-enriched biome; however, much remains to be learned.

Ice patch resources are finite and may be lost in the coming decades.  The exposure of ancient archaeological and paleobiological materials by the retreat of moisture-starved and heat-ravaged ice patches in the GYE is a tangible indication of climate change in the Rocky Mountain West, and the impacts transcend the divide between the cultural and natural world.  The archaeological record demonstrates repeated use of ice patches by Native Americans for millennia.  They were an important element of their sociocultural and geographic landscape.

A project sponsored by the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee (GYCC) in 2013 resulted in the identification of over 450 prospective ice patches consistent with a posteriori criteria developed from observations at known ice patch archaeological and paleobiological sites in the GYE and elsewhere.  Even more recently (2016), the ‘Camp Monaco Prize’ from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s Draper Natural History Museum, University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation enabled a group of scientists from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, the Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University, and the US Geological Survey to undertake an intensive analysis of GYE ice patches, including a coring effort and field survey.