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Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation Can You Dig It Summer Archaeological Experience.

- Photo by Jeff Seibert

Public Archaeology

Public Archaeology at the Graham Site. Lauralee Lenaerts, Deb Mohr and Elaine Lenaerts. Photograph by Tom Mohr.

Snow Goggles

Snow goggles, in situ. Baffin Island, Nunavut. Photo by Tim Rast.

Serrated Endblade

Pre-Dorset serrated endblade. Baffin Island, Nunavut. Photo by Tim Rast.

Tent Rings

Excavating tent rings on northern Baffin Island, Nunavut.  Photo by Tim Rast.

Baffin Island, Nunavut

John Higdon and Corey Hutchings screening on a particularly bad mosquito day. Baffin Island, Nunavut (left). Lori White excavating at a Pre-Dorset site on Baffin Island, Nunavut (right). Photos by Tim Rast.


Barney and Lovisa with red cedar Bark Slab removed CMT, near yan village site, Graham Island (left). Barney Edgars, Old Masset, with triangular bark strip on red cedar, Pure Lake, xáadláa gwaayee, BC (right). Photos by Karen Church.


The CAA is pleased to launch its newly revised and upgraded website. The CAA has been working to update the appearance and improve the functionality of the website. We hope you find it easy to navigate and find the information you need. One feature many of you will welcome is the improved membership sign-up and renewal process. If you pay your membership fees on-line, you will automatically receive your new password and be able to access members-only features of the website within minutes.
The CAA website continues to be a work in progress. It will grow and adjust to meet the needs and reflect the interests of the CAA membership and anyone else interested in Canadian archaeology. Many things are possible – blogs, forums, reports from the field or the lab, interest groups, networking, to name a few. But this requires your participation. You can start by providing feedback on the new site and suggestions for new content – better yet, offer to provide that new content. It can be as simple as a photograph for our Home Page with a title and a brief description. If you would like to start a new interest group, we can help set you up. You can send your suggestions and contributions to the Web Editor or any member of the Executive.
There is more to come as we continue the process of renewing the CAA website. Please check back often for new content. If you find something is not working as expected, please let us know.

News and Announcements

Current Research Online (CRO), is a web-based clearinghouse of archaeological research hosted by the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). CRO is not simply for finished/completed research projects, but also for on-going/continuing projects. You do not need to be a member of the SAA or CAA to submit to CRO.

Current Research, a news section in American Antiquity established in 1962, has transitioned to an online format after many years of planning and discussion. Similar to the intent of the original journal section, the mission of CRO is to bring greater awareness of current field work being conducted by archaeologists around the world in a timely, clear, and concise manner that is accessible to archaeologists and the public through the Society of American Archaeology web portal.

CRO aims to become a comprehensive, online, database driven, search application for global archaeological research, updated semi-annually, with an attractive, easy-to-use, and interactive user interface offering professional quality reporting output. The online relational database management system we have currently in place allows for various management operations, including submissions, review by regional coordinators, data storage, text and spatial (via Google Earth) search functions (via a MySQL database), and formatted output (as Adobe Acrobat PDF files), among other tools.

For those of you with NSFs or writing NSFs, it should interest you to know that your CRO entry now counts towards fulfilling NSF’s mandate for ‘broader impacts’ and simultaneously contribute to the required ‘Data Management Plan.’ 

To submit: please go to . After you submit your entry, it will go to your Regional Coordinator for approval.  Once approved, you should receive an email stating that your research has been posted. 

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Canadian Journal of Archaeology Volume 39, Issue 1

In this Issue:

  • Before and After the Fire: Archaeological Investigations at a Little Passage/Beothuk Encampment in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland  – Donald Holly H., Jr., Christopher B. Wolff, and John C. Erwin
  • The Lafarge Burial: An Early Expression of Intercommunity Conflict in Southwestern Ontario  – Michael W., Spence, and Jim Wilson
  • Les pointes en os biseautées des Iroquoiens  – Christian Gates, St-Pierre
  • Curiosities, Collectors and Housepits in Banff National Park: The First Protected Archaeological Site in Canada  – Gwyn E., LANGEMANN, and Sheila Greaves

CAA Members can dowload PDFs of articles and book reviews when logged in to the website.

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June 26, 2015

The members of the Canadian Archaeological Association, the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), and the International Council of Museums Canada (ICOM Canada) denounce the directed and intentional destruction of cultural heritage and heritage sites within Iraq and Syria. The heritage sites of Iraq and Syria represent thousands of years of human development and artistic expression. Their destruction is a devastating strike against cultural diversity and an attempt to erase the complex and intertwined history of our collective human experience.

The willful destruction, desecration, and pillaging of heritage sites and the associated resale of cultural objects is a reprehensible crime against all humanity. We call for an immediate stop to these deplorable acts. As the crisis in the Middle East continues to unfold we call on all our membership to support as their expertise allows the efforts to conserve damaged art and antiquities, to assist in the identification and return of any displaced cultural objects, and to encourage authorities to implement and pursue all international treaties, statutes, and laws that exist to protect heritage sites and to stop the international movement of heritage objects.

The extent of the damage to Iraq and Syria’s heritage will only be truly understood once the region stabilizes. In these uncertain times we stand alongside members of the United Nations, the World Archaeological Congress, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Archaeological Institute of America, and offer our support to the brave heritage professionals within Syria and Iraq The grievous destruction of cultural heritage, archaeological sites, and heritage objects, and the sale of objects looted and displaced, must be stopped and requires our immediate action.

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On behalf of the Canadian Arcaheological Association executive and membership, we would like to congradulate Dr. E. Leigh Syms on his induction into the Order of Canada for his contributions to preserving Aboriginal artifacts and for his efforts to advance public awareness of archaeology in Maniotba.  

Congratulations of this most deserving award!!! 

Please take the time to read about Dr. Syms and his career.

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Parks Canada Agency (PCA) is looking to create an inventory of Canadian flintknappers with specialty or background in material culture of indigenous cultures of the central and eastern arctic including Independence, Dorset, Thule, and Inuit cultures.  


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