Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (SAS) is dedicated to the education and conservation of archaeology. SAS promotes responsible stewardship of Saskatchewan’s rich and diverse archaeological heritage. For a complete copy of the Society’s Bylaws and Policies please click here.
The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (SAS) is one of the most active and effective volunteer-based archaeological organizations on the continent, promoting public education and research and advocating for conservation. Members include both avocational and professional archaeologists.
One of the primary purposes of the SAS is education. To this end, we help teachers educate young people about archaeology and the rich heritage left to us by our province’s first peoples and other cultures.
The SAS has had a significant impact in advocating for government responsibility for archaeological heritage resources.
The SAS serves as the public voice for Saskatchewan archaeology and as a “watchdog” concerning public policy on archaeology. The SAS also encourages and supports research and serves as a consulting agency and clearinghouse on archaeological matters.
To see our 2016-2019 Diversity Plan, click here.
Archaeology in Saskatchewan
People have lived in Saskatchewan for at least 12,000 years, leaving the province richly endowed with both precontact (that is, pre-1690 A.D.) and historical (contact) archaeological resources. At present, the Saskatchewan Heritage Resources Branch, the government agency which has responsibility for managing the archaeological resources of Saskatchewan and for maintaining the official archaeological site files, has approximately 25,000 sites on record.
The Heritage Resources Branch (of the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport) staff review archaeological work in the province and issue permits for surveys, field reconnaissance, and excavation. One type of permit that they issue is called the Type B or Avocational Archaeologist Permit. These permits are issued to non-professionals who are interested in reporting, recording, and protecting sites. For more information on these permits and to download their forms click on Archaeology Permits.
Archaeological resources are protected under a provincial Act that was passed in 1980. To review the Saskatchewan Heritage Property Act click here.
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SAS chapters are active across the expanse of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. All chapters host various events throughout the year. To find out if there is a Chapter of the SAS in your area, visit our Chapter page.