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.
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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.

Upcoming 2017 Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference is coming up this month September 21st- 24th, 2017. 

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC 2017), the biennial conference of the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association (RMAA), will be held from September 21-24, 2017 in beautiful Canmore, Alberta.

If you would like to check out the program for the conference click here! And don’t forget to register.

4th Annual Ft Whoop Up Knap In

4th Annual Ft Whoop Up Knap in

Sept 1-4/2017

at the Ft Whoop Up Black Powder Range, Lethbridge AB

Host Barry Rogers, 403 678 5041

We will join the Black Powder Rendezvous so bring some points and knives to sell to them at the auction and anything else they may want. Any knapper with a black powder gun can participate in the shoots. They must have insurance or purchase it from the Black Powder Club for $5. It is located in the valley close to the confluence of the St Marys River and the Old Man River, near the original site of Ft Whoop Up. Free camping will be available on the banks of the Old Man river to preregistered knappers and a $10 attendance fee will be charged for nonregistered knappers and visitors.  Period dress is preferred but not mandatory.

Master Knappers from Canada and the US will be available to instruct those who want to learn or improve their knapping skills. This is an opportunity to meet many knappers with varying skills and experiences. Rock and tools will be available.

Many may choose to visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Fort Macleod, about 40 miles west of Lethbridge or Writing on Stone Park east of Milk River.

If you are a knapper or a wannabe knapper and wish to attend, register as soon as possible with Barry Rogers at rockybearroad@gmail.com or 403-678-5041.  This will help us plan our forth Canadian Ft Whoop Up Knap-In and to secure a camping site for you. Rock and tools will be available to use, you must supply eyeglass must be worn to protect ones eye from flying rock shards. The weather man has promised warm dry weather .There will be an archery/atlatl range. We expect 20 to 30 Knappers and 40 to 50 Blackpowder shooters.

There is no entry fee for the Knappers, wannabes  and their families.  You must register for a camping site either trailer or tent, no services, n open field in beside the Old Man River.  There is lots of room for trailers, and tents.  Public toilets on site are available; no power or water.

A full service camp ground (Bridgeview RV Resort, 403-381-2357) in the river valley off of Highway #3 is available a short drive away if you require full services, call to make a reservation.

Hotels:  Are available at the south end of mayor Macgrath Dr.

Lethbridge has supermarkets, Costco, Wal-Mart etc.  There is a trailer dump station and potable city water available at the Tourist Information Hut (403-320-1222) on the corner of Mayor Magrath Dr. and Scenic Drive So.  A multitude of food, hotels, restaurants and stores are located in the south end of Mayor Magrath Dr in Lethbridge no far from the camping site.

Arriving – Go north on Mayor Macgrath Dr towards the airport and follow the signs to get to the Knap-In:  GPS coordinates are 49°37.516, W 112°50.813  for the range

From the East and West on the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3)  –  Entering Lethbridge from on the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3), turn South onto Maryor Magrath Dr, go South (8 Km, or 5 Miles) and turn right on TSR 82 and follow the signs to  the site.

From the South coming in on Highway #4 (from Coutts US/Canada Border Crossing):  –  Follow Highway #4 to the intersection of Mayor Magrath Drive turn south on Mayor Magrath Dr to TSR 82 and follow the signs to the site

Note – A passport is required to enter Canada and return to the U.S.  Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) indicate both citizenship and identity and are valid for entry into Canada by land or sea, though not valid for international air travel. As of January 2009, these licenses are only available in Washington and New York.

We have a very limited data base to send this invitation to, ask any knapper or knapper wanntabes if they received this invite, if they would like to be included please forward their names, tel # and emails to Barry Rogers.

If you have questions call Barry Rogers, 403-678-5041 or email rockybearroad@gmail.com


Set up Noon on

Knapping 8am to when we get until we want to quit.

Knapping 8 am to whenever
11 am and 2 pm 2” goat contests
6 pm Pot Luck and Corn Supper with the Black Powder Shooters, all will bring pot luck salads deserts etc. for everyone about 30 knappers and 60 Black Powder peoples

Knapping 8am to when we get until we want to quit.
Pot Luck leftovers for lunch

Noon Break up, you can camp Monday nite if you want time to search the Oldman River for fossils and ammonites.


Go south of Lethbridge on Hyw 5 turn right on to TWP 82 (82A), go about 1.5 miles west to a T intersection turn left on to Range Rd 215 go 1 mile and turn right on to TWP Rd 81 go another mile and turn right at the Black Powder Range sign and go north about a mile down into the valley the range is on the left.

Bearspaw Heritage Day

On Saturday, June 24th, the Bearspaw Historical Society is celebrating their heritage. On Canada’s centennial in 1967, the Homesteader’s Rock with the names of 110 homestead families was placed at the corner of Lochend Road and Township Road 262. Fifty years later, this Memorial Rock is now located at the Historic School site in Bearspaw. With its rededication to our early pioneers on June 24th, it will be the centre of our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

They want you to come on down and join in on the festivities. There will be food, fun, community groups, homesteader stories and pictures, music, dance, dignitaries, flag raising ceremony at 1 pm, costumes, games, prizes and much more!!

You can find the ASA-CC and many other groups in the community together at 253253 Bearspaw Road. For more information go to www.bearspawhistoricalsociety.com or email the Bearspaw Historical Society at infohistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Stones and Bones: Duchess & Brooks

The University of Alberta is hosting a Stones and Bones event Sunday, June 11th at 10am- 3pm at Mattheis Ranch, Rangeland Research Institute located 25 km north of Duchess and west of junction of Hwy 36 & Hwy 556.
Check out their display of artifacts and bring in your finds for photos and identification. Try your hand at stone tool making and atlatl throwing!!!

For more information, contact jives@ualberta.ca

Volunteer: Glenbow Town and Quarry Project

Become a volunteer at Glenbow Town and Quarry site just north of Calgary at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park! If you do not have time to volunteer, then come visit us on site. We are along the bike paths and river in Glenbow Provincial Park (30 min walk SE from parking lot heading towards the city). We love seeing the public and answering any questions. Check out our ongoing blog.

Volunteers from the ASA-CC have been surveying, mapping and excavating at Glenbow for years, as we work to preserve the history of the Glenbow Town and Quarry. There is still much to do. Would you like to join us? Excavations will be running Monday to Thursday in May and June (excl. Victoria Day).
Become a volunteer! Email info@arkycalgary.com if you have questions.

Volunteer: Chimney Coulee Excavation

Come and excavate Metis wintering cabins at Chimney Coulee, Saskatchewan!

When: August 8-September 1, 2017

Where: Chimney Coulee Historic Site, 10 min north of Eastend, SK

The Chimney Coulee site has a rich archaeological record from the 19th century. Three different occupations occurred at this site between 1860-1890: a Metis wintering camp, a longhouse built by Issac Cowie and his crew, and a short-lived Northwest Mounted Police post. This summer, the EMITA (Exploring Metis Identity Through Archaeology) project will be excavating Metis wintering cabins at this important site. We are looking for volunteers to help with excavation, screening, mapping, and survey during the month of August. Experience preferred but not required. There are places to stay in nearby Eastend, including camping and hotel accommodation. Lunch and necessary equipment will be provided for all participants. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Eric Tebby (etebby@ualberta.ca) or project director Dr. Kisha Supernant (kisha.supernant@ualberta.ca).

Brazeau Reservoir Archaeological Survey

Brazeau Reservoir Archaeological Survey Information:

When: May 27th (10 am to 4 pm)
May 28th (9 am to 3 pm)

Register using our Eventbrite page (forthcoming!)

Where: Brazeau Reservoir (about 45 min south of Drayton Valley, Hwy 620)

Accommodations: Camping at Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area. Please bring your own everything for this (gear, food, etc). SAS will only provide archaeological equipment.

Cost: $TBD non-powered stall; $TBD powered stall $0 for day participation!

Membership: For insurance purposes, you must be a Strathcona Archaeological Society or Archaeological Society of Alberta member. You can complete a membership on-line or complete the membership at the survey.

Alternate Accommodations: Hotels in Drayton Valley, or drive out for a day.


The Plan!!
• Arrive Saturday morning. Madeline and Amandah will give a brief overview of the site and archaeology in the area, and discuss safety items for the project.
• We will split into groups and travel to site by boat or on foot.
• Groups will be divided into surface survey, excavation, or shovel testing, depending on interest.
• This is supposed to be a relaxed and enjoyable way to learn archaeology, especially if you have never done it before! If you want a break, or wish to only stay for part of a day, that’s ok!

Call for Papers: Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference

Call for Papers!!

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference, the biennial conference of the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association, will be held from September 21-24, 2017 in beautiful Canmore, Alberta.

Organization of the conference is underway.  Please check back in the future for further information and details regarding program, venue, and travel.  If you require immediate assistance, please email chair@RMAC2017.org