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OAS & Chapter Events


    • March 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Trent University Room B104, Life Health Sciences/DNA Building

    Speaker: Dr. Robert Pearce
    Topic: The Richardson Site Project

    The subject of this talk will be the 1976 archaeological excavation of the Richardson site, a small Early Ontario Iroquoian (Pickering branch) village occupied circa 900-1000 A.D. The site is located southeast of Hastings and northeast of Roseneath in Percy Township, Northumberland County. Participating in the May-June 1976 excavation were 78 Grade 7 & 8 students from Roseneath Centennial School, several of whom were members of the Alderville First Nation.

    The talk will summarize Pearce’s research at the site (which formed the basis of his Master of Arts thesis from the Department of Anthropology, Trent University, 1975-1977) and the contributions it made to our understanding of the archaeological history of the Rice Lake/middle Trent River area. The talk will summarize some further research on the site and artifacts which has been completed or is currently on-going by archaeology students and faculty of Trent University. The latter demonstrates that not all archaeological collections languish on dusty shelves, but can be used and are still being used to make further contributions to knowledge long after they are collected.

    The talk will also place “the dig” in historical perspective to explain how an archaeological excavation involving elementary school students was part of a specific Native Studies curriculum developed by Roseneath Centennial School Principal Mac Hall in the early 1970s, with significant input from First Nations educators. This was concurrent with both provincial and federal efforts to design and implement broader- scale, province-wide Native Studies programs in elementary and secondary schools in the 1970s. Consequentially several high-profile teachers, educators, politicians, and members of Alderville First Nation visited the 1976 excavation to see first-hand how the curriculum was being put into operation with the Native and non-Native students from Roseneath.

    Pearce recently moved to the Roseneath area and has had a chance to re-connect with Roseneath Centennial School, former Principal Mac Hall, some of the students who took part in the 1976 “dig”, and members of Alderville First Nation. This is now providing a truly unique perspective on what “the dig” meant to all those involved some 42 years ago.

    Robert Pearce is a retired archaeologist, Trent alumnus and Research Fellow of the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre. After completing his Masters thesis at Trent in 1977, he joined the staff of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology in London, Ontario, which is an affiliate of Western University. He was also Adjunct Professor in Western’s Department of Anthropology and instructed an annual archaeological field school for third year University students on the Lawson archaeological site adjacent to the Museum, as well as numerous public education programs for elementary and secondary school students, First Nations groups, adults and members of the general public. He took a brief hiatus from the Museum and Western University in 1981-1982 to obtain his doctoral degree from McGill University. He spent many years at the Museum directing over 500 cultural resource management projects throughout southern Ontario, and in 2000 became Executive Director of the Museum. He concurrently served as the Museum’s Curator. He left the Museum in 2012 and worked for 18 months as Regional Archaeologist for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, before retiring in 2015.

    This presentation is part of the Peterborough Chapter’s Monthly Speakers Series, conducted with the support of the City of Peterborough and the Trent University Archaeological Centre. Members of the public are invited. There is no charge. Light refreshments will be served. For further information contact chapter secretary, Dirk Verhulst at


    • April 11, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 221 Mill St., Sandwich

    Speaker: Dr. Dean Jacobs, Bkejwanong (Walpole Island First Nation)

    • April 12, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd., London

    Speakers: Colin Wallace (PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo)

    Topic: Untapping the Potential of 3D Archaeological Modeling

    • April 18, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246


    Robert von Bitter, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Chris Menary, Toronto Region Conservation Authority

    Topic: The French Mission of Kenté: Examining its Place 350 Years Later

    The French mission of Kenté, founded in 1668 in what is now Prince Edward County, is the second oldest European settlement in Ontario after Sainte Marie I/II. This presentation will introduce the Kenté
    mission, provide its historical context and examine its significance. The location of the mission has long been forgotten, yet attempts have been made to locate it since the 1870s. During this presentation we will outline how we looked at old evidence in new ways to discover that the common view of where the mission was located is incorrect.

    We encourage all interested persons to attend Toronto Chapter meetings free of charge and invite you to become a member of the OAS and the Chapter. Bring a friend!

    There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time to socialize with other members.

    • May 16, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speaker: Mima Brown Kapches

    Topic: Canadians and the Early Years of the SAA: The Society for
    American Archaeology (From 1934‐1941)

    In December of 1934, the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) was founded. Although there were no Canadian charter members there was one Canadian researcher who was a member of the preparatory founding committee (Diamond Jenness, Dominion Museum, Ottawa). Soon after founding, Canadians from across the country did become members; who were these men (and yes, women!), and how do
    they fit into the history of Canadian Archaeology? Come and hear this talk about a little known period of archaeological history.

    We encourage all interested persons to attend Toronto Chapter meetings free of charge and invite you to become a member of the OAS and the Chapter. Bring a friend!

    There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time to socialize with other members.

    • May 17, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster

    Speaker: Daniel Ionico, MA Candidate, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

    Topic: Demographic Disasters and Their Consequences: Revisiting Shell-Tempering Pottery at Neutral Iroquoian Sites

    European contact with Northern Iroquoian communities brought about a series of direct and indirect consequences. These involved European-disease epidemics and a series of migrations that moved people across the landscape as refugees, captives, or conquerors. Taking a learning framework approach, I will revisit the peculiar emergence of shell-tempering practices at one site cluster in the late pre-contact and post-contact (A.D. 1580-1650) Neutral Iroquoian Confederacy. In particular, I focus on the extant Christianson and Hamilton Site pottery collections that represent before and after sequences for a series of demographic shifts in the region. This study explores the use of ceramic petrography and multi-attribute approaches as a way for Iroquoian archaeologists to understand the impacts these demographic upheavals can have on local technological systems.

    • October 17, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speakers: Rhiannon Fisher, M.Sc., RPA, Archaeologist, Golder Associates and Carla Parslow, Ph.D., Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates

    Topic: The Unexpected Finds at AhHa-317, a Late Woodland Habitation Site in Hamilton, Ontario

    AhHa-317 has been interpreted as a cabin site or special use site with a Late Woodland Attawandaron (Neutral) Iroquoian affiliation. Preliminary analysis of the pre-colonial Indigenous assemblage revealed a large amount of chipping detritus, projectile points and other lithic tools indicative of hunting activities related to food acquisition. Pottery, including decorated pieces, dated the assemblage to c. 1400 - 1600. While this artifact assemblage is typical of Woodland sites in the area, the significant number of artifacts related to fishing, such as a bone harpoon, netsinker, and fish scales, is distinctive. A phallic stone, possibly an effigy used as a pestle, is an exceptional find. This talk explores the frequency and relationship of fishing instruments to other artifacts found on Late Woodland sites within the region, including sites of the Grand River Valley. This talk also explores possible uses for the phallic effigy recovered during excavation.

    We encourage all interested persons to attend Toronto Chapter meetings free of charge and invite you to become a member of the OAS and the Chapter. Bring a friend!

    There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time to socialize with other members.

Past events

March 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Water Level Management on the Rainy River and Indirect Impacts to Archaeological Sites
March 16, 2018 Thunder Bay Chapter - 2018 Lake Superior Basin Workshop
March 15, 2018 Ottawa Chapter - The Lansdowne Ironworks – A Community Archaeological Project
March 14, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Sacred Landscapes and the Ancient Town of Nebo
March 13, 2018 Grand River Chapter - Ritual, Social Organization, and Monumental Architecture: A Case Study of Monumental Tombs in the Göksu Valley, Turkey
March 09, 2018 Thunder Bay Chapter - "Archaeologists Never find the Good Stuff"
March 08, 2018 London Chapter - Ongoing Remote Sensing Work at the Gallinazo Group Site in the Virú Valley, Peru
March 06, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Archaeology of the Franklin Expedition: The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror
February 27, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - “What was on the menu in the Peterborough area thirteen hundred years ago?”
February 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Curating Vikings: The Exhibition
February 15, 2018 Hamilton Chapter - The Third Voice: Examining The Archaeology of the Underground Railroad in Southern Ontario
February 14, 2018 Windsor Chapter - Preliminary GPR and Magnetometer Results from the WEDigHistory Geophysics Survey
February 14, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Archaeology of the Oro African Church
November 17, 2017 2017 Annual OAS Symposium
November 04, 2016 2016 OAS Symposium
April 21, 2016 Ottawa Chapter Meeting
April 20, 2016 Toronto Chapter Meeting
April 14, 2016 London Chapter Meeting
April 13, 2016 Windsor Chapter Talk
October 16, 2015 OAS 2015 Symposium – Circles of Interaction: The Wendat and their Neighbours in the Time of Champlain
September 05, 2015 Peterborough Chapter Book Launch
October 23, 2014 The Land Between OAS Annual Conference - Peterborough 2014
September 17, 2014 Toronto Chapter September 2014 Meeting
September 11, 2014 London Chapter September 2014 Meeting
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