Upcoming events

    • May 16, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speaker: Mima Brown Kapches

    Topic: Canadians and the Early Years of the SAA: The Society for
    American Archaeology (From 1934‐1941)

    In December of 1934, the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) was founded. Although there were no Canadian charter members there was one Canadian researcher who was a member of the preparatory founding committee (Diamond Jenness, Dominion Museum, Ottawa). Soon after founding, Canadians from across the country did become members; who were these men (and yes, women!), and how do
    they fit into the history of Canadian Archaeology? Come and hear this talk about a little known period of archaeological history.

    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!

    There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time to socialize with other members.

    • May 17, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster

    Speaker: Daniel Ionico, MA Candidate, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

    Topic: Demographic Disasters and Their Consequences: Revisiting Shell-Tempering Pottery at Neutral Iroquoian Sites

    European contact with Northern Iroquoian communities brought about a series of direct and indirect consequences. These involved European-disease epidemics and a series of migrations that moved people across the landscape as refugees, captives, or conquerors. Taking a learning framework approach, I will revisit the peculiar emergence of shell-tempering practices at one site cluster in the late pre-contact and post-contact (A.D. 1580-1650) Neutral Iroquoian Confederacy. In particular, I focus on the extant Christianson and Hamilton Site pottery collections that represent before and after sequences for a series of demographic shifts in the region. This study explores the use of ceramic petrography and multi-attribute approaches as a way for Iroquoian archaeologists to understand the impacts these demographic upheavals can have on local technological systems.

    • October 17, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speakers: Rhiannon Fisher, M.Sc., RPA, Archaeologist, Golder Associates and Carla Parslow, Ph.D., Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates

    Topic: The Unexpected Finds at AhHa-317, a Late Woodland Habitation Site in Hamilton, Ontario

    AhHa-317 has been interpreted as a cabin site or special use site with a Late Woodland Attawandaron (Neutral) Iroquoian affiliation. Preliminary analysis of the pre-colonial Indigenous assemblage revealed a large amount of chipping detritus, projectile points and other lithic tools indicative of hunting activities related to food acquisition. Pottery, including decorated pieces, dated the assemblage to c. 1400 - 1600. While this artifact assemblage is typical of Woodland sites in the area, the significant number of artifacts related to fishing, such as a bone harpoon, netsinker, and fish scales, is distinctive. A phallic stone, possibly an effigy used as a pestle, is an exceptional find. This talk explores the frequency and relationship of fishing instruments to other artifacts found on Late Woodland sites within the region, including sites of the Grand River Valley. This talk also explores possible uses for the phallic effigy recovered during excavation.

    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!

    There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time to socialize with other members.

Past events

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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