Landscape Change and Human History of the Athabasca Glacier Area

November 20, 2013. Alwynne B. Beaudoin, Curator, Quaternary Environments, Royal Alberta Museum.  Sunwapta Pass and the Athabasca Glacier are visited by thousands of people each year as they travel the famed Icefields Parkway, following in the footsteps of the first tourists who marvelled at the glacier in the late 19th century. Easy to access, the area …

Small Stones and Big Buttes: Pebble Quarrying in the Misty Hills

October 16, 2013. Don Hanna, Lifeways of Canada Limited. During the course of investigations in support of the Hanna Region Transmission Development for Atco Electric Ltd, a hitherto unknown complex of Precontact era sites was encountered in an area southeast of Consort known as the “Misty Hills”.  We have identified an extensive group of sites, …

On ’til Ragnarok: Underwater Excavations at the Viking Settlement of Birka 2013

September 18, 2013. Mike Moloney, University of Calgary. The Viking Age settlement at the site of Birka, Sweden, is touted as the first major city of Sweden. This UNESCO world heritage site was uniquely placed at a crossroads of international trade and enjoyed prominence from approximately 650-900 AD. Excavations at Birka 2013 focused on excavating …