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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.

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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.

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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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Date Posted: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Closing Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016

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Date Posted: 
Friday, April 24, 2015
Closing Date: 
Sunday, May 8, 2016

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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.

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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

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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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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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