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OAS & Chapter Events


    • October 23, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Trent University, Gzowski College, Room 115

    Topic: Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg: This Is Our Territory

    Speaker: Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams)

    Doug is a widely respected elder, historian, hunter, fisher, ceremonial leader, language keeper and story teller, past Chief and at times an activist…These stories are more than just a chronicle of oral history. They document Michi Saagiiig Nishnaabeg as provocateurs, strategists, connectors, agitators and intellectuals. They show that resistance and resurgence have always been part of us.” From the introduction to Doug’s book by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

    “Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg: This is Our Territory is a series of stories from the oral tradition of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg as told by Elder Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams). In his own words, he shares the history of the Michi Saagiig, discussing origin stories, alliances, diplomacy, resistance and relations to the lands and waters in their homeland. This book is the culmination of a life-long goal to put the history of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg on paper.” From the back cover of Doug’s book.

    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 to attend. There is no charge. Light refreshments are served. For further information please contact the chapter’s secretary, Dirk Verhulst, at
    • November 08, 2018
    • Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd., London
    No November London Chapter meeting due to co-hosting of the 2018 OAS Symposium in Chathem-Kent.

    • November 09, 2018
    • November 11, 2018
    • Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Center - 565 Richmond St, Chatham, ON

    The OAS board of directors is happy to announce the date, location and theme of the 45th Annual OAS Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held at the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Center, in Chatham, Ontario, from November 9-11, 2018.

    The symposium will explore the theme of “Connections and Pathways through the Past.” Come and explore the historic “Forks” of the Thames River and MacGregor Creek, a meeting place for Indigenous people, War of 1812 battle site, connection point on the Underground Railroad and mecca of early Black settlement.

    • November 09, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • W.I.S.H Centre – Black Mecca Museum, 177 King Street E., Chatham

    Friday, November 9, 2018 1 pm – 3 pm

    Using Archival Records in Archaeological and Family History Research

    Sponsored by: the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

    Location: W.I.S.H Centre – Black Mecca Museum, 177 King Street E., Chatham

    Led by Black history researcher Guylaine Pétrin, this workshop will provide instruction on various types of archival records that are useful for archaeologists in their research and for reconstructing family genealogies. This workshop is suitable for everyone, not just archaeologists and historians. Learn how to access records, evaluate the information contained in them and its value and fact check. Examples from Black family history and recent archaeological excavations will be used.

    • November 10, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre
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    Saturday, November 10, 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.

    Fee: $100/table.

    • November 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • John D. Bradley Convention Centre, Conference Room 1A

    Sunday, November 11, 2018 9 am -12 pm

    Does that Apply to Me??? Best Practices for Avocational and Chapter-based Archaeology Projects on Indigenous Lands

    Sponsored by: the Ontario Archaeological Society

    Location: Conference Room 1A

    The recently adopted changes to the OAS Statement of Ethical Principles has implications for many different parts of our organization. In this workshop we invite OAS members and Indigenous leaders to help us to develop a set of best practices for how avocational archaeologists and OAS chapters can undertake archaeology on Indigenous sites in a fashion that is consistent with the OAS policies. Members of chapters and avocational OAS members are encouraged to attend and participate.

    • November 11, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 5:30 PM
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    Join us in the afternoon of November 11, 2018 as we venture by bus through Chatham-Kent to visit two historic stops on the Underground Railroad. The bus will depart from the conference centre at 11:45 am and arrive back there around 5:30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch and warm clothing. Participants wishing to attend the venues in their own vehicles are asked to pay $5 cash at each venue ($10 total) to help cover off-season staffing costs.
    We ask anyone traveling on their own to coordinate with the schedule below.


    First Stop (12 pm – 1:45 pm)

    Our adventure will begin with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum at 21975 A.D. Shadd Road, North Buxton. Home of the Elgin Settlement founded in 1849, Buxton offered a new home to African-American refugees and became a thriving 19th century hub of Black education, culture, social and political life. Descendent families continue to live and worship in the community today and support one of the most visited Underground Railroad attractions in Ontario. The visit will include an overview of Museum exhibits and tour of the cemetery, school and church. Dress warmly as part of this tour will be outdoors.


    Second Stop (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)

    The second stop is the Uncle Tom's Cabin National Historic Site at 29251 Uncle Tom's Cabin Road, Dresden.  The site forms part of the 200 acres of land that was purchased for the creation of the Dawn Settlement, a haven for African-American refugees in the early-19th century. The site is associated with Josiah Henson and his wife Nancy, among the founders of the Dawn Settlement. Josiah was thought to be the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher StoweThe visit will include an overview of the Museum exhibits, Henson family and British American Institute cemeteries and grounds of the Uncle Tom’s Cabin site. Dena Doroszenko of the Ontario Heritage Trust will be available to answer questions about the archaeological and geophysical activities that have occurred on the site. 

    • November 13, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 University of Waterloo

    Speaker: Chris Watts, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Waterloo

    Topic: Title TBA, the Iler Earthworks, a 15th C. Springwells Phase earthen enclosure near Harrow, Ontario, and the site of the Department’s field school

    • December 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 University of Waterloo

    Speaker: Holly Martelle, Principal, Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants

    Topic: Title TBA

    • February 12, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 University of Waterloo

    Speaker: Shari Prowse, Review Officer, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Jim Keron

    Topic: Title TBA

    • March 12, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 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.
    • April 09, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 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.

Past events

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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