2017 Archaeology Conference

April 27th-30th at The Resort at Cypress Hills Center Block, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (SK side)

Co-Hosted by the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society

Banquet Tickets:
If you are interested in attending the banquet, please make sure to purchase the tickets by Sunday (March 26th).  They will not be available for purchase after this date.
Conference Registration:
This Sunday (March 26th) is also the last day to register for the conference and receive lunch included on the Friday and Saturday of the conference.  You may still register after this date but lunches will not be included in your registration fee.Paper & Poster Abstract Deadline:
Presenters should take note that Sunday (March 26th) is also the last day to submit paper and poster abstracts. If you are a student, there are a number of financially beneficial opportunities for you at this year’s conference! Including:
  • Free Student Registration if you submit a poster or paper abstract
  • The Keith Lewis Memorial Student Presentation Award ($100 for Graduate, $75 for Undergraduate)
  • Regina Archaeological Society Travel Supplement Draw for Student Attendees (Two draws at approximately $100 each)
  • Association of Consulting Archaeologist’s Best Poster Award ($200)
  • Opportunity to hang out with really cool archaeologists!

The Resort at Cypress Hills (conference venue) is fully booked! However, there are a number of other options for accommodation in the area.

Maple Creek:
Cobble Creek Lodge
Willowbend Cabins

Near Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park:
Spring Valley Guest Ranch

There are non-electrified camping sites located near the Resort at Cypress Hills.  Flush toilets are available at the Visitor Centre or pit toilets in the camping area. Generators are okay and there is access to water and sewage disposal. The sites are free, first-come, first-serve but please call (306-662-5411) prior to arrival. Visit http://www.saskparks.net/FallCamping for further information.

Check out a schedule for the Conference below.

WRITTEN IN STONE: A Look at Traditional Stone Masonry and Early Calgary Quarries

WRITTEN IN STONE: A Look at Traditional Stone
Masonry and Early Calgary Quarries
Join us March 30th for a free evening of learning and networking at our 4th Heritage Trades Roundtable. Meet some of the people who preserve and maintain the buildings and structures we love. From lintels to monumental buildings, develop an appreciation of traditional building methods and materials that endure.
– Early masons, stonecutters & quarries in Calgary – Marilyn Williams, Heritage Roundtables steering committee
– Bringing to life an historical quarry: the Glenbow quarry archaeologist Shari Peyerl
– Stone masonry today, using traditional methods for repair and restoration – Shawn Thibault, Ravenstone Masonry and Conservation Inc.
– And more – brief talks on the importance of traditional mortars, restoration of Old City Hall

There will be an opportunity for discussion, and time before and after the talks to enjoyrefreshments, visit display table and expand your heritage network.

Date: Thursday, March 30th
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, presentations begin at 7pm
Cost: Open to the public and free of charge!
Location: TBC
To register and details about the venue, follow the link below:

2017 Heritage Trades Roundtable

Castrum Cumidava in the Context of the Roman Occupation of Dacia

April 20, 2016. University of Calgary Room ES 162. 7:30pm

Dr. Álvaro Ibarra, College of Charleston

The emperor Trajan completed his conquest of Dacia (present-day Transylvania) in 106 CE. However, the Dacians were neither pacified nor ever fully romanized. The latest research conducted by the lecturer (via Braşov Archaeological Projects) suggests the presence of an ongoing native insurgency, one fought more intensely on the eastern frontier of Dacia through the end of the Roman occupation, 271 CE.

Through remote-sensing methods, ArcGIS, and landscape analysis, project contributors discovered a significant change in Roman military operations in eastern Dacia, an approach we are confident in effectively calling a counter-insurgency. The Roman counter-insurgency is evidenced in a shift from forts designed to support open-field battles to those positioned at key choke points and manned by smaller, mixed, mobile units suited for guerrilla warfare.

To compliment this overarching view of Roman strategy, BAP researchers also examined the material remains and data sets from the excavation of one specific frontier fort: Castrum Cumidava. In completing the narrative of the border experience in eastern Dacia, a more intimate picture of everyday life emerged from the common artifacts and personal effects utilized by the Roman auxiliary soldier stationed in a foreign and hostile environment. In this lecture, the speaker will relate how the everyday experiences of the inhabitants of a site like Castrum Cumidava are key to understanding the complex and violent interactions between Romans and Dacians, from the personal motivations of a career soldier to the political motivations of emperors.

From the Desert to the Plains: A Paleoethnobotanical Research Program

February 17, 2016. University of Calgary Room ES 162. 7:30pm

Dr. Glenn Stuart, University of Saskatchewan

In this presentation, Dr. Stuart will be describing paleoethnobotanical research he has conducted in the American Southwest and how the methods employed there are being adapted for his research on the Northern Plains. First, he will review results of archaeological pollen and macrobotanical analyses from recent work in the Phoenix Basin. Then he will explore the possibilities that similar research holds for elucidating the character of the archaeological record from Wanuskewin Heritage Park (WHP) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Finally, a few preliminary results from his research at WHP will be presented, to illustrate how greater concern with plant use might affect our interpretations of precontact subsistence practices.

Aboriginal response on the plains to the Hudson’s Bay Company pemmican trade, 1780-1879

January 20, 2016. University of Calgary Room ES 443. 7:30pm

George Colpitts, University of Calgary

Scholars are presently divided over the extent to which aboriginal plains people responded to the market demand for bison pemmican to support the fur trade in Western Canada. This presentation explores the type of market developing in the British West, particularly after 1821 when the Hudson’s Bay Company, through its district purchasing system, could better control prices it paid for bison dried meats, fats and pemmican offered by aboriginal people. The company’s monopoly created distinctive encounters between newcomers and aboriginal people on the plains and likely affected long-term colonial developments.

Life and Death in the Napoleonic Era Royal Navy stationed at English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

November 18, 2015. University of Calgary Room ES 443. 7:30pm

Dr.  Tamara Varney, Lakehead University

Nearly two decades of investigation of two burying grounds that were associated with the Royal Naval Dockyard at English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies has revealed some interesting insight into what life was like for Naval personnel posted to the West Indies. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Graveyard of Englishman’, the West Indies posting included many challenges such as tropical disease and lead poisoning. Both regular and enslaved personnel are represented in one of the cemeteries that was associated with a former Naval Hospital, while the other site appears to have been a less formal expedient burial ground allowing for a nice representation of lower ranking personnel.

Recent Discoveries in the Sierra de Atapuerca (Spain)

October 21, 2015. University of Calgary Room ES 162. 7:30pm

Dr. Rolf Quam, Binghamton University

The Pleistocene cave sites in the Sierra de Atapuerca in northern Spain are well-known for a number of important paleoanthropological discoveries. In particular, the site of the Sima de los Huesos (the Pit of the Bones) has yielded the largest collection of human fossils from the Middle Pleistocene time period. These fossils are generally considered to represent ancestors of the later Neandertals. The site has been under excavation for the last 30 years and has provided an abundance of data on the course of human evolution in Europe, including the earliest evidence for human funerary behavior in the archaeological record. An overview of the discoveries and the significance of the site will be presented, along with some discussion of the latest findings.

The Ninth Clan—Exploring Apachean Origins in the Promontory Caves, Utah

September 16, 2015. University of Calgary Room ES 162. 7:30pm

Dr. Jack Ives, University of Alberta

Twentieth century anthropologist Julian Steward concluded in the 1930s that the Promontory Caves on Great Salt Lake, Utah, contained highly suggestive evidence that Navajo or Apache ancestors had lingered briefly in the eastern Great Basin on their way between Canada and the American Southwest. Compelling though Steward’s arguments were, comparatively few archaeologists took them seriously. Today we can use the astonishing array of perishable materials (including hundreds of moccasins, as well as mittens, other clothing, basketry, bows, arrows, and bison robes) from Steward’s as well as our own more recent excavations in the Promontory Caves to illustrate how Steward was indeed correct, and how Dene ancestors originally from the Subarctic had begun their transformation toward historic Navajo and Apache cultural identities.

Studying a Social Field in the South-Central Andes with portable X-Ray Florescence

April 15, 2015. University of Calgary Room ES 162. 7:30pm

Emily Stovel, Department of Anthropology, Ripon College, Wisconsin

Southern Bolivia, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina were co-occupied in prehistory by a range of communities. In order to explore the ways ceramics were used to express and consolidate relationships across this large geographic expanse, we developed a multi-disciplinary, multi-national team of scholars which uses multiple lines of archaeometric evidence to characterize various ceramic styles. This paper details our research protocol and some of our case studies as examples of how we aim to understand changes in ceramic production and consumption at a regional level. Our principal means of data collection so far is through portable X-Ray Fluorescent instruments at a series of North and South American museums. These data permit broad understanding of the chemical profiles of well-known styles and provide hypotheses for subsequent stages of research.