The Saskatchewan Archae­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety, in meet­ing its pub­lic edu­ca­tion man­date, presents a vari­ety of oppor­tu­ni­ties for the gen­er­al pub­lic to learn about the 10,000 year his­to­ry of human habi­ta­tion in Saskatchewan and about archae­ol­o­gy, which is the sci­ence that stud­ies such ques­tions.

The focus is to provide any­one who either has a bit of knowl­edge of the sub­ject, or none at all, with a good overview of the par­tic­u­lar sub­ject of the work­shop. All work­shops will provide what may best be described as an “in-depth overview” of the sub­ject. Gen­er­al­ly, there will be an attempt to focus on the archae­o­log­i­cal sites and arti­facts found in the area where the work­shop is being pre­sent­ed.

Each work­shop can con­sist of the fol­low­ing ele­ments:

  • Lec­ture infor­ma­tion
  • Slides and video illus­tra­tions
  • Arti­facts to exam­ine
  • Hands-on activ­i­ties (includ­ing expo­sure to “exper­i­men­tal” archae­ol­o­gy)
  • Print­ed hand­out infor­ma­tion for future ref­er­ence, includ­ing fur­ther read­ing

Qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­al archae­ol­o­gists and oth­er pro­fes­sion­als are the instruc­tors for each of the work­shops, and a brief bio­graph­i­cal note on their train­ing and spe­cialties will be pro­vid­ed for adver­tis­ing pur­pos­es.

Upcoming Workshops in 2017:

Lithic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Work­shop
May 13th, 2017: 12:30 — 4:30 pm at the Regi­na Pub­lic Library — Sun­rise Branch (3130 E. Wood­hams Dri­ve)

Join Frank McDougall in Regi­na to learn about rock types found in archae­o­log­i­cal set­tings! Light refresh­ments will be pro­vid­ed.

Reg­is­ter online (below), down­load a form-fil­l­able PDF or con­tact us!

Pot­tery Work­shop
May 27th, 2017: 9:00 am — 4:00 pm at Wanuskewin Her­itage Park

Long before Euro­peans first made con­tact, Indige­nous peo­ples in Canada had mas­tered the art of mak­ing pot­tery. Archae­ol­o­gists study the pots to learn how the­se ancient peo­ple lived and word to pre­serve knowl­edge about the­se tra­di­tions. Dr. Mary Malainey, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Anthro­pol­o­gy Depart­ment at Bran­don Uni­ver­si­ty will share some of her sto­ries about archae­ol­o­gy, sites, and First Nations pot­tery tech­niques. The groups will craft their own pot to take home using tra­di­tion­al meth­ods of con­struc­tion from the past.  Light refresh­ments will be includ­ed.  Par­tic­i­pants must pre-reg­is­ter by Fri­day, May 26th at 4:00 pm. Reg­is­ter online (below), down­load a form-fil­l­able PDF or con­tact us!

Past Workshops in 2017:

Lithic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Work­shop
Jan­u­ary 21st, 2017: 10:00 am — 3:00 pm at the Archae­ol­o­gy Cen­tre (#1–1730 Que­bec Avenue, Saska­toon)

Don’t give a schist about rocks? That’s not very gneiss, meta­mor­phi­cal­ly speak­ing! Join Geol­o­gist Frank McDougall and explore the fas­ci­nat­ing world of lithic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Learn how to tell dif­fer­ent rock types apart and to cor­rect­ly iden­ti­fy mate­ri­al found in archae­o­log­i­cal sites across the prairies.  This 5-hour work­shop will be hands-on and inter­ac­tive and is a must for any­one who wants a bet­ter under­stand­ing of lithic raw mate­ri­als.

Past Workshops in 2016:

Archae­ol­o­gy Bead­ing Work­shop
Feb­ru­ary 20th, 2016: 11:00 am — 2:00 pm at the Archae­ol­o­gy Cen­tre (#1–1730 Que­bec Avenue, Saska­toon)

Host­ed by Faye Mau­rice & Tim Panas, this work­shop includ­ed a pre­sen­ta­tion on his­toric and Métis beads with exam­ples as well as a bead­ing demon­stra­tion. Par­tic­i­pants flat-bead­ed a flow­er and viewed exam­ples of Métis bead­work. All mate­ri­als and refresh­ments were pro­vid­ed.

Métis Fin­ger Weav­ing Work­shop
Octo­ber 2nd, 2016: 10:00 am — 1:00 pm at the Archae­ol­o­gy Cen­tre (#1–1730 Que­bec Avenue, Saska­toon)

Explore the art of Métis fin­ger weav­ing with Fay Mau­rice! Learn about the his­to­ry of the Métis sash and its cul­tur­al sig­nif­i­cance to the Métis Peo­ple. Learn how to make your own book­mark-sized exam­ple!

Oral His­to­ry Work­shop
Novem­ber 19th, 2016: 9:00 am — 4:00 pm at the Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Coun­cil of Saskatchewan Office (452 Albert Street North, Regi­na)

Facil­i­tat­ed by Kristin Cather­wood (Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Her­itage Offi­cer, Her­itage Saskatchewan). What sto­ries does your com­mu­ni­ty have to tell? Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing how to prop­er­ly doc­u­ment oral tra­di­tions in your fam­i­ly or community?In this work­shop, par­tic­i­pants will learn:

  • The basics of Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Her­itage (ICH) as out­lined in the UNESCO Con­ven­tion, and why doc­u­men­ta­tion of local his­to­ry and tra­di­tions is so impor­tant
  • How to con­duct an oral history/oral tra­di­tions inter­view
  • Prop­er record­ing tech­niques, includ­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for dig­i­tal record­ing equip­ment
  • What to with the data once you’ve col­lect­ed it, includ­ing stor­age, meta­data and how to uti­lize the mate­ri­al in projects.

Past Workshops in 2015:

Spring Plant Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Work­shop & Walk
May 24th, 2015: 1:00pm — 2:30pm at Beaver Creek Camp

Join San­dra Walk­er to learn more about plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion! This work­shop includ­ed a walk-about the camp area to view some of the local native plants, food sam­ples, a colour plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion guide and refresh­ments.  Refresh­ments and tra­di­tion­al food tast­ing took place after the walk.

Fall Plant Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Work­shop & Walk
Sep­tem­ber 13th, 2015: 10:00am — 12:00pm at Beaver Creek Camp

Host­ed by San­dra Walk­er, this work­shop includ­ed a walk-about the camp area to view some of the local native plants, food sam­ples, a colour plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion guide and refresh­ments. Refresh­ments & tra­di­tion­al food tast­ing took place after the walk.

Cat­tail Doll & Toy Duck Work­shop
Sep­tem­ber 27th, 2015: 11:00am — 2:00pm at the Archae­ol­o­gy Cen­tre (#1–1730 Que­bec Avenue, Saska­toon)

We learnt the tra­di­tion­al art of cat­tail weav­ing with Kath­leen and Jeff Cole­clough of Kak­wa by cre­at­ing our own doll and toy duck decoys! Mate­ri­als and refresh­ments were sup­plied.

His­toric Gun & Ammu­ni­tion Work­shop
Novem­ber 14th, 2015: 10:00am — 12:00pm at the Archae­ol­o­gy Cen­tre (#1–1730 Que­bec Avenue, Saska­toon)

Host­ed by Brent Gra­ham (Man­i­to­ba Muz­zle­load­ers Asso­ci­a­tion). This work­shop includ­ed an infor­ma­tion ses­sion on basic firearm ter­mi­nol­o­gy, tech­nol­o­gy and evo­lu­tion. Brent brought his exten­sive col­lec­tion of firearms and parts as well as ammu­ni­tion.

Past Workshops in 2014:

Jan­u­ary 25th, 2014:  10:00am — 2:00pm at the Archae­ol­o­gy Cen­tre (#1–1730 Que­bec Avenue, Saska­toon)

Join Geol­o­gist Frank McDougall and explore the fas­ci­nat­ing world of lithic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Learn how to tell dif­fer­ent rock types apart and to cor­rect­ly iden­ti­fy mate­ri­al found in archae­o­log­i­cal sites across the prairies.  This 4-hour work­shop was hands-on and inter­ac­tive and was a must for any­one who wants a bet­ter under­stand­ing of lithic raw mate­ri­als.

March 22nd & 23rd, 2014: 9:00am — 3:00pm  — Room 132, Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan

Flintk­nap­ping and Haft­ing Work­shop with Tim Rast (Elf­shot). Tim Rast is a Cana­di­an archae­ol­o­gist and flintk­nap­per who spe­cial­izes in arti­fact repro­duc­tions and knapped jew­el­ry based on arti­facts found across the Arc­tic and Sub­arc­tic, with an empha­sis on New­found­land and Labrador. Tim led approx­i­mate­ly 30 aspir­ing flintk­nap­pers in a 2-day work­shop that took them through stone tool pro­duc­tion from selec­tion of mate­ri­al to haft­ing of the final tool.  See our Face­book page  for pic­tures from the event!

May 31st, 2014: 10:00am — 3:00pm — Meet­ing Room, Cabela’s Saska­toon

Bone Tool Mak­ing Work­shop with Kev­in Brown­lee.  Kev­in is a Man­i­to­ba archae­ol­o­gist who enjoys exper­i­men­tal archae­ol­o­gy. His research focus­es on the archae­ol­o­gy of Manitoba’s bore­al forest and the emerg­ing field of indige­nous archae­ol­o­gy.