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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.


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

The Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, invites applications for a .75 Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor with expertise in the areas of biological and archaeological anthropology. 

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The annual meeting of the Geological Assocation of Canada will be held in Whitehorse Yukon June 1 - 3, 2016.  Meetings will include a special session on Geoarchaeology chaired by Bob Sattler and Norm Easton. 

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The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2016.

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The Department of Anthropology of the University at Albany/State University of New York seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of the archaeology of the Northeastern United States, Central Canada (Quebec and Ontario) and/or adjacent regions. Preferred candidates will have methodological expertise in environmental archaeology, for example, paleoethnobotany, isotopic analysis, ancient health, paleoclimatology, human ecology, or similar methods and approaches. Strong candidates will be expected to teach methodological courses in one or more of these topics as well as offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to become directly involved in research.


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Dear Mr. Mayor,

As you probably know, the archaeological research conducted this summer as part of the Turcot Interchange reconstruction project led to the discovery of archaeological remains of an exceptional value. It is actually under the structure of the existing interchange that the foundations of many buildings three centuries old and constituting the old district of Saint-Henri-des-Tanneries came to light. Among these remains are the walls of houses and tanneries dating as far back as the year 1670, the canalisation of the former Glen brook which drained the former lac à la Loutre (Otter Lake), as well as thousands of artifacts of all kinds: architectural elements, wooden barrels, pieces of leather, work tools, dishes, animal bones, a safe, coins, smoking pipes, leather shoes, clothing buttons, and even toys, reflecting the varied activities of the men, women and children who once inhabited the area now buried. The preservation of these remains is absolutely remarkable and its spatial extent is impressive.

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