April News from the SAS

REGISTER HERE for the 2017 Archaeology Conference in the Cypress Hills!

There’s still time to reg­is­ter for our upcom­ing 2017 Archae­ol­o­gy Con­fer­ence with the Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety of Alber­ta — South­east­ern Cen­tre!

There is space to signup for the con­fer­ence along with the Sat­ur­day Keynote Address and Sun­day tours! If you’re inter­est­ed, vis­it the Con­fer­ence Event Page.


Keynote address — Drs. Mar­garet Kennedy and Bri­an Reeves

Title: “Ancient Sac­ri­fi­cial Stones, Pyra­mi­dal Mounds and Lizards: Ear­ly Euro-Cana­di­an Encoun­ters with Indige­nous Sites in Alber­ta and Saskatchewan
Abstract: 2017 is the year of Canada 150 (15,000 accord­ing to First Nations) which prompts us to look back into the past and all the his­to­ry that a sesqui­cen­ten­ni­al like this com­pris­es. It seems an appro­pri­ate time and place at the joint meet­ings of the SAS/ASA to reflect upon the begin­nings of plains archae­ol­o­gy in our provinces, and that has led us to think about the ear­ly encoun­ters made by Euro-Cana­di­ans with indige­nous sites that we now rec­og­nize as a sig­nif­i­cant part of the archae­o­log­i­cal land­scape in our two provinces. Indi­vid­u­als such as fur trader/surveyor Peter Fidler or the enig­mat­ic priest-imper­son­ator Jean L’Heureux who lived amongst First Nations and record­ed aspects of their life and reli­gion, or oth­er vis­i­tors on sci­en­tific expe­di­tions who had a real inter­est in indige­nous peo­ple and sites such as geol­o­gist George Mer­cer Daw­son and oth­ers, have left us invalu­able accounts of fea­tures such as petroglyph/ribstone boul­ders, cer­e­mo­ni­al cir­cles and med­i­cine wheels, amongst oth­ers. In many cas­es we rely on their obser­va­tions since restric­tion of First Nations peo­ple to reserves 100–150 years ago sev­ered their mem­o­ries of how some of the­se sites came to be, who cre­at­ed them, how and when they were used and why. Many of the­se sites have been destroyed, removed or irrev­o­ca­bly changed in years since. With­out the­se first-hand accounts and the lim­it­ed extant oral and ethno­graph­ic tra­di­tions to fill in the blanks of 150 years of colo­nial neglect of First Nation’s her­itage, our col­lec­tive knowl­edge would be seri­ous­ly dimin­ished.


RAS Upcoming Workshop

The Regi­na Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety will be host­ing a Lithic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Work­shop with Frank McDougall on May 13th, 2017 in Regi­na. Reg­is­ter on the Work­shop Event Page.

Spend a summer with the SAS! Employment Opportunities

We will have (depen­dent on grant fund­ing) two sum­mer employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able from May 29th to August 19th, 2017.  See the ads on SaskJobs for qual­i­fi­ca­tions, require­ments, and the appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures:

Archae­ol­o­gy Col­lec­tions Ana­lyst

Archae­ol­o­gy Project Assis­tant