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Can You Dig It?

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.

CMTs

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.

Welcome

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

Excavating an archaeological site is an unavoidably destructive process. Archaeologists mitigate this destruction through the use of careful excavation techniques, documentation, preservation, and reporting procedures that have been developed over the past century, and are updated as new technologies become available. Procedures include documenting exactly what was done in the field; analyzing and describing in detail all that was found that might be pertinent to a wide range of questions regarding human and environmental history; obtaining and analyzing samples of material relevant to those questions (for example, soils, pollen, micro faunal remains, and charcoal or other organic materials); comprehensively documenting, describing, and analyzing of all recovered artifacts; developing a catalogue of artifacts and other material taken from the site; preparing field notes each day that include photographs and drawings; treating all materials taken for storage and placing them in an environmentally controlled facility; and writing a report that describes all the above activities and provides an interpretation of what was found in the context of current research questions and interests. Further, anyone excavating archaeological sites has an ethical responsibility to engage with all interested and affected parties, in particular local communities.

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The CAA/ACA 2015 Organizing Committee is delighted to announce that the 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador from April 29-May 3, 2015.

Please visit http://www.mun.ca/caa2015/intro.html for more information.

Also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CAA2015ACA

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The University of Calgary is offering a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot
Crossing Historical Park this summer.  Participants will excavate alongside members of the Archaeology Field School at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site. First time
participants will receive a tour of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre and an introductory tour of the archaeological site. Volunteers will be supervised by experienced University of Calgary graduate students. Training in archaeological excavation techniques will be provided on site. All artifacts
from the site are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

Please email pubarky@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-8537for further information.

or visit:  http://arky.ucalgary.ca/public-archaeology/

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Colleagues,
 
The Archaeological Survey of Alberta “Blue Series” publications are now available for free download here:
 
 
The two series were established in the 1970s and 1980s to help disseminate the results of archaeological work conducted in the Province. Thirty five Occasional Paper volumes and 17 Manuscript Series volumes were issued from 1976-1994. These volumes cover the entire breadth of human history in Alberta, from the late glacial to the recent past, and from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains into the Parkland and Boreal Forest.
 
New contributions to the Occasional Paper series are welcome. The new series will focus on the annual review style volumes that were a hallmark of the original Occasional Papers. Please consider submitting a manuscript on topics of Alberta archaeology (submission guidelines are here). The deadline for submissions for the 2014 annual review volume is January 31, 2015. Ideas for edited thematic volumes that stretch beyond the confines of Alberta are also welcome.
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Submit and you could win!!

The Canadian Archaeological Association and the Canadian Museum of History announce the CAA YouTube Channel Video Awards

These awards are presented for video submissions that promote the fields of archaeology and heritage stewardship in Canada, as well as educate and entertain the general public.

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