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

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.

***BRING WEATHER APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, COMFORTABLE AND SUPPORTIVE FOOTWEAR, AND GLOVES***

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!

Public Excavation: Cluny Fortified Village

Public Archaeology Program Cluny Fortified Village: May 23rd – June 23rd 

The University of Calgary is offering a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. 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, and 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 23 to June 23, 2017, Monday–Friday. Participants must commit to a minimum of two days with the program.
Cost consists of the daily admission fee to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park ($12.00 + GST for adults, $8.00+GST for children and seniors). 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. The work day runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Minimum age of participation is 12. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. All participants will be required to complete a Volunteer Liability Waiver Form and a Photography Waiver Form. The guardian of participants under the age of 18 must also complete an Informed Consent Form.

Visit https://arky.ucalgary.ca/public-archaeology/ for more information. To register or for more information, email pubarky@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-8537.

The Public Archaeology Program, the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, and the University of Calgary are not responsible for cancelled registrations or cancellations as the result of severe weather conditions. In the event of severe weather conditions, the Public Archaeology Program will attempt to contact excavation participants either the night before or early on the day of excavation. Changing weather conditions in the field may require cancellation of the workday while at the site. In either case, no refunds of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park admission fee or costs relating to travel to the park will be provided. Participants may re-register for alternative participation dates, but there is no guarantee that there will be other dates available in the excavation program.

Cluny Field Trip


Don’t forget that the University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program is happy to be offering a tour of the Cluny Fortified Village Site for members of the Archaeological Society of Alberta on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017!

ASA members can sign up by contacting the Public Archaeology Program at pubarky@ucalgary.ca

Click ASA Cluny Field Trip 2017 for more info!

Volunteer Opportunity: Forks and Minor Medicine Wheels locale

Volunteer opportunity at the Forks and Minor Medicine Wheels locale on the Lower Red Deer River with Drs. Barney Reeves and Margaret Kennedy

June 4- 9th.

Reeves and Kennedy are entering their fifth year studying the impressive stone feature sites located on the lower Red Deer and the Forks of the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan Rivers (SK). Field activities will include survey and possibly some mapping.  Volunteers need to be in good physical condition and prepared for any kind of weather.  Please be advised that there are rattlesnakes in the area.

We are based in Empress AB at the Forksview Motel, however accommodation is very limited there.  There is also a campground both in town and on the north side of town at Peter Fidler Park.  Other motels are located at some distance in Burstall and Oyen.  Volunteers might want to come a day early to hear three archaeology talks given by the project directors as well as Butch Amundson (Stantec). These talks begin at 10:30 on Saturday June 3 in the Empress Train Station just inside the entrance to Peter Fidler Park.

For further information please contact either Margaret Kennedy at marg.kennedy@usask.ca, or Barney Reeves at bokr@telusplanet.net

Stones & Bones

March 25th-26th, 2017: Flintknapping Workshop and Stones & Bones

We had a fantastic weekend at the Museum of the Highwood for our Stones and Bones event. Here are just some of the photos of what we saw this weekend and what you brought in to have checked out by the experts! Followed by our Flintknapping workshop where you can see the process of how stone tools are made and the end results (*with minor injuries*).
Thank you to all who came out!! See you next year!!

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You can read more about Stones & Bones in your local news: CBC and High River Times