Upcoming events

    • February 20, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speaker: David G. Smith, Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Mississauga

    Topic: An Update on Recent Keffer Site Settlement and Pottery Analyses

    In this presentation, Dr. Smith will summarize some of the recent work he conducted with graduate students on the pottery and settlement pattern data recovered from the Keffer site.

    Keffer is an ancestral Wendat village situated in the Upper Don River Valley. It was completely excavated as a CRM project by the Museum of Indian Archaeology (now the Museum of Ontario Archaeology) in 1985 and 1988. The settlement pattern data reveal a very complex village history. The pottery decoration is characterized by a sophisticated use of plane pattern symmetry, and by a unique set of hybrid forms that indicate social networking with other Iroquoian traditions in the Northeast.

    We encourage all interested persons to attend Toronto Chapter meetings free of charge and invite you to become a member of the OAS and the Chapter. Bring a friend!



    • February 21, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues near Cumberland
    Speaker: Joseph Last
    Topic: INSIGHTS INTO VICTORIAN GARRISON LIFE:
    THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE FORT WELLINGTON LATRINE

    Excavating the Fort Wellington latrine at Prescott, Ontario, provided intimate insights into garrison life of the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment stationed there between 1843 and 1854.  Contained within the small structure was the very essence of barrack life. From hair clippings to soldier's boots, the cesspit possessed far more than accumulation from Nature’s call.  As a result, a fascinating story is revealed.  It is a tale of rank and privilege, women and children, regimentation and communal life.

    This presentation summarizes the four-year latrine investigation.  It discusses the interactive nature of fieldwork and our evolving understanding of 19th century military life.  It also explores meaning and context and why latrine excavations are a powerful avenue for archaeological inquiry.

    Joseph H. Last holds a Masters of Art Conservation degree from Queen’s University and a M.A. in Anthropology (specializing in Historical Archaeology) from the College of William and Mary.  His total professional career has been with Parks Canada, working as an artefact conservator and then as the Project Archaeologist for Military Sites, Ontario Region.  From 1998 until his retirement in 2011, he served as Senior Archaeologist for Military Sites for Parks Canada Ontario Region.  His primary research focus has been on 19th century British fortifications in Canada and elsewhere.  Major interests include archaeological method and theory, military engineering, architecture, relationships of fort and community (both past and present), cultural resource management, and site interpretation.



    • February 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Lions Centre, Burnham Street

    Topic: Stealing Away Home: Archaeology and the Underground Railroad in Ontario

    Speaker: Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost

    The Peterborough Chapter of theOntario Archaeological Society and The Peterborough Historical Society are pleased to announce a joint public presentation in recognition of Black History Month:

    The presentation, by noted historian and archaeologist Dr.Karolyn Smardz Frost, will acknowledge and bring recognition to the history of Underground Railroad sites in Ontario. Her topic is "Stealing Away Home: Archaeology and the Underground Railroad in Ontario." This event will take place at the Lions Centre on Burnham Street on February 27th at 7 pm.

    Both an archaeologist and an historian, Karolyn Smardz Frost explores our nation's rich African Canadian heritage, and specializes in studying and teaching about Canada's role as the main terminus of the Underground Railroad. She is an adjunct professor at both Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and is also an accomplished author of lively and intriguing narrative non-fiction. In 2007 Karolyn won the Governor General's Award for I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad. 

    Karolyn's newest volume, Steal Away Home (HarperCollins Canada 2016) tells the story of Cecelia Jane Reynolds, who at the age of fifteen fled her Kentucky by way of the Cataract House hotel at Niagara Falls NY. Reaching Toronto she learned to write and began a correspondence with Fanny, the woman who had once owned her body, asking the price of her own family's freedom. Thus began a twenty-year correspondence between a freedom-seeker and her former mistress that has no parallel in the annals of American slavery. The most exciting news yet is that Steal Away Home has been optioned for a five-part mini- series by Conquering Lion Pictures, which produced the Book of Negroes for television! 

    Karolyn's work on this book was informed by her access to the archaeological site of Cecelia's 19th century home in Toronto. Infrastructure Ontario and Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants uncovered the foundation on Centre Street during work on the massive project to excavate St. John's Ward before construction of the new provincial courthouse. Copies of Karolyn's book will be available for sale. 

    This presentation is part of the Peterborough Chapter’s monthly Public Speakers Series, conducted with the support of the City of Peterborough and the Trent University Archaeological Centre. Members of the public are invited. There is no charge. Light refreshments are served. For further information contact the chapter secretary, Dirk Verhulst, at dverhulst@cogeco.ca.

    • March 12, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1229 University of Waterloo

    Speaker: Dana Thacher, PhD Student, Dept. of Anthropology, McMaster University

    Topic: Salvaging on the Coast of Erebus Bay, King William Island: An Analysis of Inuit Interaction with Material from the Franklin Expedition


    Over the course of the 19th century, many European explorers sailed in search of a Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. These journeys brought them into territory occupied by Inuit, who both traded with the explorers for various goods and interacted with the material that they left behind. I examined the remains of two ship’s boats from three sites on King William Island (NgLj-2, NgLj-3, and NgLj-8) that were abandoned by members of the Franklin expedition and subsequently found and altered by an Inuit sub-group called the Netsilik. This research demonstrates that Inuit utilized these boats in a manner that reflects (1) their environment, (2) what the material afforded, (3) their past experiences with Europeans and European material, and (4) their intended uses of the material. These alterations ascribed new meaning to the material and redefines the remains of the boats in Erebus Bay as simultaneously Netsilik and European material.
    • March 20, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speaker: Max Friesen, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

    Topic: Inuvialuit Architecture: Archaeology of Cruciform Houses in the Mackenzie Delta

    Within the great range of house types occupied by northern peoples, a few stand out due to their size, complexity, or unusual form. One of the most spectacular is the cruciform semi-subterranean house occupied by Inuvialuit in the Mackenzie Delta region, Northwest Territories. These are known through the historic record as very large, carefully constructed driftwood-framed houses with three alcoves bordering a central floor area.

    Over the past 60 years, several archaeologists have excavated portions of cruciform houses, leading to gradually increasing knowledge about them. However, due to their great size, deep burial, and problems with permafrost, it has been difficult to excavate one fully.

    Dr. Friesen will report on the recent excavation of two large cruciform houses at the site of Kuukpak on the East Channel of the Mackenzie River. Following a brief overview of the ethnohistoric record, he will interpret aspects of the houses’ architectural form, construction techniques, and change over time.

    Poster


    • April 09, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1229 University of Waterloo

    Speaker: Amy St. John, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario

    Topic: Using Micro Computed Tomography to explore Ceramic Rim Formation Practices on a Late Woodlands Borderland


    Micro CT analysis offers a new perspective on pottery manufacture, augmenting traditional studies that focus on decorative and morphological aspects of ceramics. High resolution, three dimensional, micro CT images reveal different ways of forming vessels, identifying characteristic tendencies in motor habits and learned behaviours that are grounded in the specific contexts of learning and in the actions of ceramic manufacture. To explore this potential, I have scanned sherds from more than 60 vessels from a cluster of archaeological sites near Arkona, Ontario, with a focus on the rim portions of vessels. Mirco CT scans can help us better understand these contemporaneous and sequentially occupied sites (ca. 1100-1250 A.D.) in a borderlands area, between what have been known as the archaeological Western Basin and Ontario Iroquoian traditions.
    • May 15, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speaker: Peter Russell, Curator Emeritus, Earth Sciences Museum, University of Waterloo

    Topic: Shirley's Box: The Highgate Mastadon Story

    All museums have wonderful donations from time to time. Some donations come with a label detailing their provenance, which may amount to a couple of lines or which may open the way to a fascinating history.

    Shirley’s Box, started as a simple box of fossils, which turned into a wonderful story, which can inform us about the pre-history of Ontario. No, we didn’t have dinosaurs roaming here but we did have giants of the ice age, mammoths, mastodons, giant beaver and more.

    Poster

Past events

February 15, 2019 Thunder Bay Chapter - A People's History: Slate Falls Through Memory and Material
February 14, 2019 London Chapter - Member's Night
February 13, 2019 Windsor Chapter - The Ward Uncovered: Archaeological Investigations of one of Toronto’s First Arrival Communities
February 12, 2019 (Cancelled) Grand River Chapter - Shari Prowse and Jim Keron
January 25, 2019 Thunder Bay Chapter - All About Pottery
January 22, 2019 Peterborough Chapter - Winter Story Time
January 17, 2019 Ottawa Chapter - IROQUOIAN BONE AND ANTLER TECHNOLOGY
January 16, 2019 Toronto Chapter - Members' Night
January 10, 2019 London Chapter - Culloden Acres (AfHj-90): A Small Paleo Site near Komoka, Ontario
January 09, 2019 Huronia Chapter - The Molson Site: A Proto-Historic First Nations Settlement, Barrie, Ontario
January 08, 2019 Grand River Chapter - Invitations of an Archaeology of Global Colonialisms and Contested Heritage: Exploring the Bath House-Hotel in Nevis - Neal Ferris
December 11, 2018 Grand River Chapter - The Ward Uncovered: Archaeological Investigations of one of Toronto’s First Arrival Communities
December 11, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Christmas Gathering
December 05, 2018 Windsor Chapter - December Meeting/Social
November 27, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - The Ward Uncovered: Archaeological Investigations of one of Toronto’s First Arrival Communities
November 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - CRM Behind the Scenes
November 13, 2018 Grand River Chapter - The Iler Earthworks
November 11, 2018 OAS 2018 Symposium Sunday Bus Tour
November 11, 2018 OAS 2018 Sunday Workshop - Does that Apply to Me??? Best Practices for Avocational and Chapter-based Archaeology Projects on Indigenous Lands
November 10, 2018 OAS 2018 Symposium Vendor Table Registration
November 09, 2018 OAS 2018 Friday Workshop - Using Archival Records in Archaeological and Family History Research
November 09, 2018 2018 OAS Symposium - Connections and Pathways through the Past
November 08, 2018 London Chapter - No November Meeting
October 23, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg: This Is Our Territory
October 18, 2018 Ottawa Chapter - Canadians and the Founding of the Society for American Archaeology, 1934-1942
October 17, 2018 Toronto Chapter - The Unexpected Finds at AhHa-317, a Late Woodland Habitation Site in Hamilton, Ontario
October 11, 2018 London Chapter - Canadians and the Founding of the Society for American Archaeology, 1934-1942
October 09, 2018 Grand River Chapter - Title TBA - Greg Braun
October 09, 2018 Windsor Chapter - Corduroy Road in Kitchener
September 25, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Using Changes in Costumes to Understand Changes in Culture
September 20, 2018 Ottawa Chapter - The Archaeology of Gambling: Identifying Social Networks through a Shared Fluency in Games
September 19, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Beardmore: The Viking hoax that Scandalized the Royal Ontario Museum
September 19, 2018 Huronia Chapter - No September Meeting
September 13, 2018 London Chapter - Excavations and Analyses of the 19th Century Dutch Middenbeemster Cemetery
September 11, 2018 Grand River Chapter - Title TBA - Paul Racher
August 15, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Conservation of Stone Memorials in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
July 15, 2018 London Chapter - London Chapter Picnic at Longwoods
July 11, 2018 Huronia Chapter - William Armson Research
June 26, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Sean Berger
June 06, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Midland
June 06, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Midland
June 05, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Cookstown
June 04, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Collingwood
June 04, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Collingwood
May 31, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Orillia
May 31, 2018 Simcoe County AMP Open House - Orillia
May 22, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Dena Doroszenko
May 17, 2018 Hamilton Chapter - Demographic Disasters and Their Consequences: Revisiting Shell-Tempering Pottery at Neutral Iroquoian Sites
May 16, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Canadians and the Early Years of the SAA
April 24, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - NO MEETING
April 18, 2018 Toronto Chapter - The French Mission of Kenté: Examining its Place 350 Years Later
April 12, 2018 London Chapter - Untapping the Potential of 3D Archaeological Modeling
April 11, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Willow Depot Project
April 11, 2018 Windsor Chapter - "From Rocks to Reconciliation: Stage 5, Are We There Yet?"
April 10, 2018 Grand River Chapter - The Ball Site Fauna and Faunal Artifacts
March 27, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - The Richardson Site Project
March 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Water Level Management on the Rainy River and Indirect Impacts to Archaeological Sites
March 16, 2018 Thunder Bay Chapter - 2018 Lake Superior Basin Workshop
March 15, 2018 Ottawa Chapter - The Lansdowne Ironworks – A Community Archaeological Project
March 14, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Sacred Landscapes and the Ancient Town of Nebo
March 13, 2018 Grand River Chapter - Ritual, Social Organization, and Monumental Architecture: A Case Study of Monumental Tombs in the Göksu Valley, Turkey
March 09, 2018 Thunder Bay Chapter - "Archaeologists Never find the Good Stuff"
March 08, 2018 London Chapter - Ongoing Remote Sensing Work at the Gallinazo Group Site in the Virú Valley, Peru
March 06, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Archaeology of the Franklin Expedition: The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror
February 27, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - “What was on the menu in the Peterborough area thirteen hundred years ago?”
February 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Curating Vikings: The Exhibition
February 15, 2018 Hamilton Chapter - The Third Voice: Examining The Archaeology of the Underground Railroad in Southern Ontario
February 14, 2018 Windsor Chapter - Preliminary GPR and Magnetometer Results from the WEDigHistory Geophysics Survey
February 14, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Archaeology of the Oro African Church
November 17, 2017 2017 Annual OAS Symposium
November 04, 2016 2016 OAS Symposium
April 21, 2016 Ottawa Chapter Meeting
April 20, 2016 Toronto Chapter Meeting
April 14, 2016 London Chapter Meeting
April 13, 2016 Windsor Chapter Talk
October 16, 2015 OAS 2015 Symposium – Circles of Interaction: The Wendat and their Neighbours in the Time of Champlain
September 05, 2015 Peterborough Chapter Book Launch
October 23, 2014 The Land Between OAS Annual Conference - Peterborough 2014
September 17, 2014 Toronto Chapter September 2014 Meeting
September 11, 2014 London Chapter September 2014 Meeting
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