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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

This is a reminder to students who travel to the annual conference that the CAA does offer a Travel Grant.  The grant is applicable to students who are in good standing with the association and will be presenting a paper or poster, or as a Sessional Discussant or Invited Presenter.  Those applicabale can apply for a maximum of $250.00 for travel only.  The grant form can be found on the "Members Only" page of the website.  It can be printed off and sent to the CAA Secretary-Treasuerer before July 1st of the year the conference was held.   

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Canadian Journal of Archaeology Volume 38, Issue 2

In this Issue:

  • A Geospatial Analysis of Toolstone Acquisition and Use: A Preliminary Investigation of Material Quality and Access Over 4,000 Years in the Salish Sea – Adam N. Rorabaugh, and Caitlyn Y. McNabb
  • Dorset Culture Bone and Antler Tool Reproductions Using Replica Lithics: Report on the Identification of Some Possible Manufacture Traces on Osseous Tools from Phillip’s Garden, Newfoundland – Patricia J. Wells, M. A. P. Renouf, and Tim Rast
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Community-Oriented Archaeology – Guest Editors: Andrew Martindale, and Natasha Lyons

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

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The Western Anthropology Graduate Society (WAGS) jointly with the Anthropology Undergraduate Society at Western University (London, ON) are pleased to announce Western University’s 3rdAnnual Anthropology Graduate Student Conference entitled: Confronting Categories to be held from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 2015This conference provides the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to reflect critically on how “categories” influence their own research, as well as broader academic and applied contexts. 

We invite you to submit paper abstracts for 15-minute oral presentations by Saturday January 10, 2015 to uwoanthconference@gmail.com. Please include your name and affiliation, paper title, abstract (up to 250 words), and 3-4 keywords.

For more information, like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/uwoanthroconference and follow us on Twitter: @WesternAnthGrad

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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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