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

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.

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

 

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