Speakers: Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist (Department of Anthropology, Western University)
Topic: Excavations and Analyses of the 19th Century Dutch Middenbeemster Cemetery
Speakers: Douglas Hunter (York University)
Topic: Beardmore: The Viking hoax that Scandalized the Royal Ontario Museum
For some twenty years, a Viking grave purportedly discovered by an itinerant prospector in northern Ontario marred our understanding of the original European outreach to the Americas. Acquired in 1936 by Charles Trick Currelly, the celebrated director of the ROM’s archaeology division, the Beardmore relics were only exposed as a clumsy hoax in 1956.
In his book Beardmore (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), Douglas Hunter unravels the complex case and shows how power can be exercised across professional networks in ways that are hostile to arriving at the truth.
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Speakers: Dr. Mima Kapches (Royal Ontario Museum)
Topic: Canadians and the Founding of the Society for American Archaeology, 1934-1942
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.
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