Thank you for joining us at the 2016 Ontario Archaeological Society Symposium in Waterloo! This year’s Symposium features the theme of ‘Borders and Boundaries’ and is intended to spark discussion around foundational divisions, whether understood as categories of thought (e.g., nature|culture, mind|body, human|animal) or more practically with reference to the partitions we emplace in our space-time systematics (e.g., Paleoindian|Archaic, Precontact|Contact). We want to consider the implications such divisions have for the ways we make sense of the past. How do borders and boundaries serve to reify perceptions of difference? Why, and in what ways, do they shift, strengthen, or soften through time? Perhaps more importantly, how do we think with and through data that seem to defy such neat categorical orders? Numerous sessions have been planned which engage with this theme, including a 25+ year retrospective on the Society’s landmark publication The Archaeology of Southern Ontario to A.D. 1650, as well as sessions on Borderlands in Late Woodland Southwestern Ontario, Transitions in Ontario Archaeology, Historical Period Archaeology in Ontario, and Contributed Papers.
In addition to a stimulating suite of sessions, other events have also been organized including a workshop hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport on the afternoon of Friday November 4th at the Waterloo Region Museum, followed by a walking tour of the 900+ acre rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge hosted by John MacDonald. Afterwards, back at the Waterloo Region Museum, the Symposium officially begins with a welcome reception and plenary by Dr. Doug Hunter entitled “White Tribism: Writing Europeans into Ancient North America”. On Saturday at the Delta, be sure to check out the Posters on display outside ‘Silver Lake A’ and perhaps bid on one or more items in the OAS Silent Auction in the ‘Laurel Creek’ room! The Delta is also the place to be on Saturday evening for the annual OAS Banquet. As well, following the sessions on Sunday morning, join OAS President Paul Racher as he leads members and guests on a walking tour of the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener. Finally, with its numerous tourist attractions, vibrant atmosphere, and excellent dining facilities, Waterloo Region is an unforgettable place to explore during your time here.
We hope you enjoy the Symposium!
Chris Watts, Chris Dalton, Bonnie Glencross, Robert MacDonald, and Gary Warrick
OAS 2016 Symposium Organizing Committee
The 2015 Symposium – “Circles of Interaction: The Wendat and Their Neighbours in the Time of Champlain” – was hosted by the Huronia Chapter and held at the Best Western Highland Inn and Conference Centre in Midland from October 16 -18, was a huge success. This was a joint symposium with ESAF (Eastern States Archaeological Federation) and included the participation of 43 Wendat /Wyandot people from Wendake, Anderdon and Kansas, which was facilitated though a SSHRC grant administered through Laurentian University. In addition, the APA (Association for Professional Archaeologists) held workshops on the Sunday.
In total, 315 people attended the event (125 OAS members, 21 ESAF members, 29 students, 75 non-members, 43 Wendat/Wyandot, and 19 one day registrations). The program included 2 workshops, 4 tours and 7 sessions with approximately 55 presenters, panelists and discussants. Below are several photographs courtesy of Neil Gray. If you have any other photos you would like to share from the conference feel free to contact Matt Beaudoin.
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