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 the SAS Strate­gic Plan for 2015–2017, click here.

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

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.