Topic: Using Changes in Costume to Understand Changes in Culture
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Mathias
The Peterborough Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society is pleased to announce the first public archaeology presentation of the fall season. Our speaker will be Dr. Catherine Mathias. Using her research into remnants of 17th century costumes found in Ferryland, Newfoundland. Dr. Mathias will explore how cultures change over time.
As Dr. Mathias noted in the introduction to her doctoral thesis, “researchers of Art History or Archaeology of the Early Modern Period evidence must be multidisciplinary in order to understand all aspects of culture. Objects which become popular as a costume component can serve as markers for changes in culture.”
She went on to say, “my presentation will demonstrate the value of one such marker, the bootspur of the 17th century. Examples are taken from an archaeological site in Ferryland Newfoundland.
“The bootspur,” she said, “re-surfaces as an important item of dress in the 1900s.” For anyone interested in seeing a modern example of this element of fashion, a bootspur from the 20th century is accessible to the public via the Victoria County Historical Society.
Dr. Mathias is an Art Historian who works with archaeological material culture to put context to largely print culture and other visual culture. She has worked in the field of art conservation for some time. Much of the material culture she has studied and conserved comes from Red Bay Labrador and Ferryland Newfoundland. She has also worked on a large amount of material culture from the Middle East, both in Qatar and Afghanistan. Her most recent research project involves the movement of metalwork out of current day Mosul Iraq.
She has also worked with a 200BC site in Southern Italy conserving buckets of terra sigillata wares and was responsible for the conservation of much of the West Coast aboriginal objects, now in our History Museum in Ottawa.
Speaker: Greg Braun, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Topic: Title TBA, the talk will relate to some of Greg’s recent materials science work on Iroquoian pottery.
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.
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!
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.
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
Speaker: Holly Martelle, Principal, Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants
Topic: Title TBA
Speaker: Shari Prowse, Review Officer, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Jim Keron
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
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
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