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OAS & Chapter Events


    • September 24, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Science Complex, Trent U. SC 103

    Speaker: Katherine Davidson

    Talk: Washeo Whiskiheggan: A Hudson's Bay Company Post on the Severn River

    This thesis is an examination of the assemblage from the Hudson’s Bay Company Post site (GlIv-1), located in Fort Severn First Nation in Northern Ontario. Using a two-part approach, this thesis first conducts an analysis of the historic archaeological materials which were surface collected from the site between 1950 and 2017. It then discusses the results of a community engagement project which was conducted with classes from Wasaho Cree Nation School. The aim of this research is to understand more about life at a northern fur trade post, and what meaning the site and the collection has for the community.

    Katherine Davidson is a recent graduate in the MA program in Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick. She first joined the OAS in 2014 during her second year in the Archaeology program at Trent University. Originally from Ottawa, she has spent her summers working for the Canadian Museum of History as a summer student and contractor, and volunteering with the Pinhey’s Point Foundation by helping to run public excavations. As part of her studies, she has participated in archaeological research projects in Ontario, Belize and Ireland. Her research interests include archaeological ethics, historic archaeology, public engagement, community based participatory research and addressing the curation crisis in Canadian collections.

    • October 08, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 University of Waterloo

    Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Glencross, Dept. of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Topic: In search of Carhagouha: The Tay Point Archaeology Project

    The Tay Point Archaeology Project (TPA) involves a multiyear program of historical and archaeological research. Beginning in 2014, students from Wilfrid Laurier University have been active in the investigation of Ahatsistari (BeGx-76), an early 17th century Huron-Wendat village site. Archaeological and historical evidence collected to date suggest that Ahatsistari is a good candidate for the historically referenced village Carhagouha, visited and described (circa 1615) by Samuel de Champlain and Recollect priest, Joseph LeCaron, and home to Onorotandi and Auoindaon, Huron-Wendat headman who controlled trade with the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers.

    • October 16, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246
    • November 01, 2019
    • November 03, 2019
    • Chelsea Hotel - 33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto, Ontario

    Mark your calendars for November 1 – 3, 2019 and plan on attending the 46th annual symposium in downtown Toronto. Friday workshops will be held at the University of Toronto’s Anthropology Centre on Russell Street, and the conference itself will be hosted at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West on Saturday and Sunday.

    The theme is “The Past Under the Pavement: Archaeology in the City”.

    Early registration is only available until October 1, 2019!

    Vendor Table Registration Here

    Friday Workshop and Tour Registration Here (limited spots)

    Sunday Workshop Registration Here (limited spots)

    • November 01, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • November 02, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Chelsea Hotel
    • 5
    The Ontario Archaeological Society's Annual Symposium will be hosting an exhibition space for vendors and exhibitors to promote to, interact with and sell to our membership.


    Non-profits: $100/table

    For-profits: $150/table

    • November 01, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Fort York
    • 11

    Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology: Theory and Hands-on Workshop with tour of Fort York

    Friday November 1, 2019 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Location: Fort York

    Cost: $25.00

    Workshop by Sensors & Software

    • November 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chelsea Hotel
    • 31

    Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Title: Building Relationships between Indigenous Archaeological Monitors (IAMs) and Field Archaeologists: Present Concerns and Future Considerations

    Abstract: In the context of Cultural Resource Management (CRM), archaeologists and IAMs are brought together with differing objectives. The purpose of professional archaeologists working in Ontario is to assess the archaeological significance of areas targeted for potential development on behalf of proponents (i.e. development stakeholders). In contrast, IAMs are hired and appointed by First Nations to represent indigenous interests on lands of their traditional territories. To facilitate a better understanding of both perspectives, the session organizers of this workshop will guide discussions about a range of topics to inform and foster relationships between IAMs and field archaeologists. Highlighted issues will include potential training or advanced training opportunities for IAMs, differing IAM field participation responsibilities, career opportunities, health and safety, and respect of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK).

    Limit: 60 Pre-registered participants

Past events

September 19, 2019 Hamilton Chapter - Canadians and The Founding of the Society for American Archaeology, 1934-1940
September 19, 2019 Ottawa Chapter - Current Research on the Iroquoian Occupations of Northern New York
September 18, 2019 Toronto Chapter - "Politics and Dirt!" W. J. Wintemberg in Toronto
September 11, 2019 Huronia Chapter - Jim Shropshire
September 10, 2019 Grand River Chapter - AMPing Up Archaeology: Conserving Heritage Through Archaeological Management Plans
August 14, 2019 Huronia Chapter - "In Search of a Homestead"
August 11, 2019 London Chapter - Archaeology Day at Lake Whittaker
July 10, 2019 Huronia Chapter - "Flesh Reborn"
June 18, 2019 Peterborough Chapter - Archaeological Virtual Reality
June 12, 2019 Huronia Chapter - What is collaborative research? Working together to investigate Huron Wendat ceramic traditions
May 15, 2019 Toronto Chapter - Shirley's Box: The Highgate Mastodon Story
May 03, 2019 Peterborough Chapter - The Palaeo-Indian Tradition in Thunder Bay, Earliest Evidence, . . . At The Caribou Crossing Place, ca. 10,000 B.P
April 25, 2019 Ottawa Chapter - Washeo Whiskiheggan: A Hudson's Bay Company Post on the Severn River
April 23, 2019 Peterborough Chapter - The Avro Arrow Mystery
April 17, 2019 Toronto Chapter - Opening the Repository: Stories about the City's Archaeological Collections
April 10, 2019 Huronia Chapter - Alt-Wrong: Archaeology vs. the Populist Right
April 09, 2019 Grand River Chapter - Using Micro Computed Tomography to explore Ceramic Rim Formation Practices on a Late Woodlands Borderland
March 26, 2019 Peterborough Chapter - “Visualizing Franklin
March 20, 2019 Toronto Chapter - Inuvialuit Architecture: Archaeology of Cruciform Houses in the Mackenzie Delta
March 12, 2019 Grand River Chapter - Salvaging on the Coast of Erebus Bay, King William Island: An Analysis of Inuit Interaction with Material from the Franklin Expedition
February 26, 2019 Peterborough Chapter - Stealing Away Home: Archaeology and the Underground Railroad in Ontario
February 20, 2019 Toronto Chapter - An Update on Recent Keffer Site Settlement and Pottery Analyses
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 17, 2018 Windsor Chapter - Picnic
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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