The 2021 Annual Symposium of the Ontario Archaeological Society is being organized by the Ottawa Chapter. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ottawa Chapter and we hope to celebrate with a memorable symposium!
While there are lots of reasons to have hope, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and we cannot be certain of the prevailing circumstances next autumn so we have decided to host a virtual symposium. As we saw last year, this offers both difficult challenges and great possibilities. We intend to take full advantage of the amazing possibilities!
In addition to a keynote presentation on the Archaeology of Barrack Hill (now Ottawa’s Parliament Hill) by Stephen Jarrett and the customary papers, posters, and workshops, the organizing committee is also planning a wealth of complementary activities that may include virtual guided tours of local sites and facilities, archaeological trivia and scavenger hunt events, and more.
We hope you will join us virtually next autumn and share in the Ottawa Valley spirit!
President of the Ottawa Chapter of the OAS
2021 OAS Symposium Committee Chair
2021 Symposium Theme
Archaeological fieldwork in Ontario continues to take place at an unprecedented rate. New data, new analytical techniques, new theoretical approaches and new analyses of legacy collections are all contributing to create new insights which help produce more holistic and realistic narratives of the past.
Archaeology and archaeological understanding can be a critical bridge to facilitate reconciliation with the Indigenous communities of this land. Archaeology should be a collaboration with Indigenous communities. Meaningful consultation and engagement with descendant communities should be common practice. It is also essential that non-Indigenous communities learn about this land’s past so that land acknowledgements are statements of undeniable truths which incorporate an awareness of the past and the paths that led to current realities. Only then will we stand shoulder to shoulder with shared understanding and respect as our bond.
In suggesting the twin themes of Origins and Growth we hope to cause members to pause and evaluate the roads we have collectively travelled as an organization, as a profession, and as a discipline in our privileged access to the past, while simultaneously exploring the potential for growth in the future of the discipline. We envision the dual themes generating thought and discussion around their interplay and contribution to the discipline and Ontario archaeology.
Deadline for Paper and Poster Abstracts: Closed.