There are 5 Members-at-Large that sit on the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Board.

Dorothy Bird
Saskatoon, SK

I have been a member of the Archaeology Society for more than 25 years, and became a life member several years ago. In the past I have was a board member for many years, participating in various committees.

My most recent past was serving as treasurer for the Archaeology Society. Then life tossed me many responsibilities and I had to relinquish my joys of amateur archaeology volunteerism. Throughout my life I have been keenly interested in my prairie surroundings and the history of the past peoples of it. Through the past few years, although not on the board, I have maintained an active interest in the organization and its activities. Again my energies can be devoted to the Society.

Julia Coutts
Saskatoon, SK

Julia was a high school teacher and a curriculum consultant for a rural school division until she retired in 2010. However, her retirement did not last long as she has worked as a part-time learning support instructor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic since 2012. She has also done some research on various early ranching companies that had their holdings along the South Saskatchewan River from the provincial border area to Saskatoon. She hopes to continue her research on this project over the next year or so.

She has been a member of the SAS since the early 1990s and presently, she is chairperson of the Publications Committee. She has been a regular volunteer on the South Branch House excavation. She has enjoyed several fall bus tours and participated in a few of the overseas study tours.

Julia grew up within miles of the Cabri Lake hills and boulder effigy and was thrilled to see a survey begin for this area. She plans to continue to be involved in this project. She also volunteered to help survey and record sites in the Red Deer River/South Saskatchewan Forks area this past spring and fall. Growing up in this area, she developed an appreciation for its rugged beauty as well as developing an interest in the countless archaeological features that mark its landscape.

If she has a claim to fame in Saskatchewan avocational archaeology, it is as project leader for the Rosetown School Division Crystal Beach Archaeological Excavation from 1997 to 2000. This project involved all Grade 9 students in that school division, local volunteers and student volunteers from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a contracted professional archaeologist from Western Heritage Services. Julia organized the project and developed all teacher support materials.

Gabriel Lamarche
Saskatoon, SK

Hello, aaniin, tânisi
My Name is Gabriel Lamarche. I am an archaeology undergrad at the UofS, and a dedicated flintknapper.
I love reading the record ‘carved in stone’ of the flake sequences of ancient stone tools. They often reveal the intentions the maker had for the piece, and their sometimes differing results, and how each result influenced their next attempt. By following the sequence of actions and reactions, the ‘dialogue’ between the maker and the stone, whether a mounting frustrated jumble, or a confident methodical execution of technique, or a routine touchup, you can trace in some ways how the maker thought and felt about the piece all those years ago.

Dr. Evelyn Siegfried
Regina, SK

I was born in Elk Point, Alberta but never actually lived there. My father was working in Fishing Lake at the time, teaching, and we moved to Hobbema shortly after I was born. That marks the beginning of a series of moves from Calgary to Brocket in the deep south, to Fort Vermilion in the far north and other places in between, finally ending up in Calgary again, where I finished high school. I completed my undergrad and graduate degrees in archaeology at the University of Calgary after getting Treaty status with Bill C-31. I thought I would work in Alberta in consulting archaeology but the grass was greener in Saskatchewan. After 35 years in Calgary I moved to Regina in 2005 on a contract with the Heritage Branch and from there, eventually ended up at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum as the Curator of the Aboriginal Studies program in 2008. It is a challenging position but has also been a wonderful learning experience. The Saskatchewan archaeological community has been active for decades and is very embracing of all who wish to be a part of it. People can join one of the various SAS Chapters found throughout the province and participate as a Board Member if they wish to be more involved.

We lived in High Prairie when I was 12 and one summer day I was waiting for my friend to come out and float our rafts in the creek across from his house. I sat on the top edge of the creek embankment and dug my fingers into the dark soil. I was a few feet away from their homestead log cabin and there were treasures to be found where the household trash had been dumped. Imagine my surprise when a bright gold coin turned up in a fistful of dirt!! I ran to my friend’s house to show my find. His mother answered the door and she burst into tears when she saw the coin. It was the last coin of her parent’s nest egg that had been stolen years before. I handed it over to her when I saw the depth of her emotion.

Life went on and when I was twenty and visiting my uncle in Stockholm, I read a book about archaeology in Egypt and remembered that moment of discovery with that gold coin glinting in the sunlight in the palm of my hand. Who knew that you could actually get a job digging in the ground for long lost treasures? I decided that this was what I wanted to do, and never looked back. My focus was on Indigenous archaeology in North America. I am also interested in world archaeology as my father came from Europe (Germany). I discovered that I have a gift for carving soapstone. I have carved at least 260 stylized bison and numerous other animals and oddities. I have not carved for about four years now but may return to it when I retire.

Email Evelyn.

Mike Taylor
Prince Albert, SK

I grew up in Saskatoon and attended the University of Saskatchewan majoring in Archaeology. After university I moved to Japan with my (not yet) wife. We lived there for three years and traveled around Japan and Asia. I taught English at a private English school and met many people who were involved in many of my interests, including archaeology. After we came back to Canada, I switched paths to GIS (geographic information systems) with the intentions of applying these skills to archaeology, and now I work for the Saskatchewan Research Council.

My interest in archaeology started when I was young. One of the first words I learned to read was “museum” – seriously! The artifacts in museums were so interesting and captured my imagination that I wanted to follow through with this.

An interesting fact about me: I did track and field in high school and university, and took it up again when I moved back to Canada. I change age groups this year to the Masters age group, and should be one of the top-ranked in the country in the short sprints.

Email Mike.