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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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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 for more information.

Also visit their Facebook page at

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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 or call 403-220-8537for further information.

or visit:

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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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