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OAS & Chapter Events


    • September 25, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Trent University, Gzowski College, Room 111

    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.

    • October 09, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • PAS 1241 University of Waterloo

    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.

    • October 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd., London

    Speakers: Dr. Mima Kapches (Royal Ontario Museum)

    Topic: Canadians and the Founding of the Society for American Archaeology, 1934-1942

    • 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.
    • 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.

    The Call for Papers is active! - see here for details
    • 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

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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