Event Phone: 1-306-664-4124

Join us and the Archaeological Society of Alberta (Southeastern Centre)
from April 27 – 30, 2017 at
The Resort at Cypress Hills, Centre Block,
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park!

Conference Schedule

Tentative Program Schedule

Thursday, April 27

  • SAPA Meeting
  • Evening – Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception (featuring tastings of Cypress Hills Winery products)

Friday, April 28

  • Presentations / Archaeological Society of Alberta Annual Meeting
  • Evening in Maple Creek with shuttle service to/from Resort
    • Supper on your own
    • Free public talk on “The Cypress Hills Massacre” and tour of Jasper Cultural and Historical Centre in downtown Maple Creek

Saturday, April 29

  • Presentations / Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Annual Meeting
  • Evening Events
    • Cash Bar
    • Banquet
    • Awards presentations
    • 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.
    • Silent Auction Results

Sunday, April 30

  • Paleo-environmental History of the Cypress Hills (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

    Dr. Dave Sauchyn, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, University of Regina

    Dr. Mary Vetter, Luther College, University of Regina

    The coniferous forest and permanent lakes of the Cypress Hills are rich sources of paleo-environmental data that are lacking from the surrounding region of mixed grass prairie. The island forest has a moisture sensitivity that is preserved in the radial growth of the white spruce and lodgepole pine. The mosaic of plant communities — two grassland and three forest types, and wetlands — and the complex topography present environmental gradients that shift with subtle climate changes. These environmental changes are preserved in lake sediments, specifically in the types and relative abundances of pollen, minerals, diatoms, ostracodes and phytoliths. A multi-proxy reconstruction of the Holocene environmental history has been derived from these biological and geological archives. We will discuss this paleo-environmental record during a brief walking tour between Bald Butte and Lookout Point, on the northern rim of the Centre Block.



Photo: Dr. Dave Sauchyn

  • Chimney Coulee Tour (Early Afternoon)

Dr. Kisha Supernant, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta

Chimney Coulee is a Métis hivernant archaeological site located near Eastend, SK.

Student Awards

The Keith Lewis Memorial Student Presentation Award is available for both an graduate student and undergraduate student presenter.  A draw for two monetary student travel supplements are provided by the Regina Archaeological Society for students attending the conference. A $200 Poster Award is provided by the Association of Consulting Archaeologists for the favourite poster presented at the conference.

Presentations should be 15 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes allotted for questions.


The Resort at Cypress Hills is fully booked! Other accommodations are available in Maple Creek (prices are approximate):

Cobble Creek Lodge: standard queen or king – $124, 2 bedroom suite – $169
Commercial Hotel: 1 queen – $75-93; 2 queen – $110
Willowbend Cabins: $99

Near Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park:
Spring Valley Guest Ranch

Camping is also available – go to https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com/Home.aspx or 1-855-737-7275.

Registration Fees

Registration is still available online but it will no longer include lunch on the Friday and Saturday.  At the door registrations will also be available.

The Banquet is sold-out!

Phone-in registrations will be accepted 9-4pm CST Monday to Thursday January 31 – March 26 at 306- 664-4124.

If you would like to download the registration form, a form-fillable PDF is available: 2017 Archaeology Conference Registration Form

Would you like to support the 2017 Conference?  If this is something your company might be interested in, have a look at our Conference Support package

Conference Sponsor (Saskatchewan): Canada North Environmental Services

Banquet & Keynote Address Sponsors: Atlatl Archaeology, Bison Historical Services Ltd.


Evening Event Sponsors: Arrow Archaeology Ltd.


Refreshment Break Sponsors: Atlheritage Services Corporation, Circle CRM Group, Golder Associates, Lifeways of Canada Limited, Taiga Heritage Consulting Ltd., Western Heritage







  • April 27, 2017 - April 30, 2017
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm