Upcoming events

    • February 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Trent U. DNA Building, Room 104

    Speaker: Daniel Worby

    Topic: Changing Diet Breadth and the Middle to Late Woodland Transition in South Central Ontario

    This lecture presents the results from Daniel Worby’s Masters thesis research, which examines foraging strategies during the Middle Woodland Period’s Sandbanks Phase (A.D. 700–1000) on Boyd Island (Chimnis), Pigeon Lake, Ontario. His analysis of diet breadth and carcass transport patterns suggests that most animal resources were acquired from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats, at moderate distances from the site.

    Incomplete carcasses of large game appear to have been transported away from the site, where they were subsequently processed for provisioning or consumption. Comparisons with other Sandbanks faunal assemblages and those dating to later periods indicate significant differences in terms of taxonomic composition, while continuing to emphasize the use of fish. This indicates that the Middle Woodland foragers adopted subsistence strategies focusing on the exploitation of local habitats in which productivity may have been enhanced through niche construction associated with the low-level food production activities.

    Daniel Worby, a graduate student in the Anthropology program at Trent University, also received his BSc Honours degree in archaeology from Trent in 2014. Prior to that he worked as a software developer after receiving an associate’s degree in computer programming from Fanshawe College in 2006. His research interests revolve around zooarchaeology, bioarchaeology, foraging theory, cultural resource management, and pre-contact Ontario First Nations groups. Over the span of his academic career at Trent University, he has received numerous awards. Currently, Daniel holds an Applied Research License from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and is looking forward to continuing his career in archaeology in Ontario.

    This presentation is part of the Peterborough Chapter’s Monthly 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 will be served. For further information contact chapter secretary Dirk Verhulst, at dverhulst@cogeco.ca.
    • March 08, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd., London

    Speakers: Jean-François Millaire, Kayla Golay-Lausanne, and Edward Eastaugh

    Topic: Ongoing Remote Sensing Work at the Gallinazo Group Site in the Virú Valley, Peru


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

    Speaker: Chris Langlois (Archaeological Services Inc.)

    Topic: Ritual, Social Organization, and Monumental Architecture: A Case Study of Monumental Tombs in the Göksu Valley, Turkey

    This paper presents a newly discovered temple tomb from the site of Dağpazarı in Southeastern Turkey in the context of its historical, social, and regional settings. It discusses the development of monumental architecture in ancient Anatolia, the ritual process of the Roman funeral and its relationship to monumental architecture, Roman tomb forms of the region during the second century A.D., and suggestions for architectural reconstruction of the Dağpazarı temple tomb.

    • March 21, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speaker: Dr. Carla Parslow, Associate, Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates

    Topic: Water Level Management on the Rainy River and Indirect Impacts to Archaeological Sites

    Research on water level management practices and their impacts to  archaeological sites along the Rainy River undertaken in 2015 ‐ 16 completed three main tasks: collecting data on known archaeological sites on the U.S. and Canadian sides of the river; integrating the data with results of the hydrologic/hydraulic analyses of the river; and determining and documenting how previous and current water level management conditions affect the archaeological sites on the river. Results show that water levels prescribed by current management strategies don’t directly impact the sites. However, there is observed erosion and cultural vulnerability of some sites. This erosion is the result of several factors that are indirectly influenced by water level management strategies.

    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.

    • April 12, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd., London

    Speakers: Colin Wallace (PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo)

    Topic: Untapping the Potential of 3D Archaeological Modeling


    • April 18, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speakers:

    Robert von Bitter, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Chris Menary, Toronto Region Conservation Authority

    Topic: The French Mission of Kenté: Examining its Place 350 Years Later

    The French mission of Kenté, founded in 1668 in what is now Prince Edward County, is the second oldest European settlement in Ontario after Sainte Marie I/II. This presentation will introduce the Kenté
    mission, provide its historical context and examine its significance. The location of the mission has long been forgotten, yet attempts have been made to locate it since the 1870s. During this presentation we will outline how we looked at old evidence in new ways to discover that the common view of where the mission was located is incorrect.

    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 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.
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