Quick note to say there are two forthcoming public talks that might be of interest to residents of Vancouver or Victoria. The Vancouver one is by Dr. Ken Ames, Professor Emeritus at Portland State University, speaking at UBC on Thursday October 18th at 11.30. The Victoria one is by yours truly, speaking to the Archaeological Society of BC on Tuesday October 16th at 7.30. Details are below.
Dr. Ames, the unofficial Dean of NW Coast Archaeology, will be speaking to the topic “Entangled in the Fur Trade: The Archaeology of Contact on the Lower Columbia River”. You can view a poster and abstract for the event here. Incidentally, he has an old-school web page with tons of his extensive and highly influential publications available for download. The talk is at 11.30 in ANSO 134. I teach on Thursdays over here, or else I’d schlepp over there.
My talk is on preliminary results of the 2012 field season in Haida Gwaii. It’ll be spoken in the “Royal We,” in the usual ASBC place at the Pacific Forestry Centre, 506 West Burnside Road. map. It’s free and open to the public, as always. The overview is as follows:
The 2012 archaeological research program in Gwaii Haanas had several quite distinct components. In this talk I will review new finds from the 10,700 year old Kilgii Gwaay wet site, where favourable preservation of organic artifacts allows accurate assessment of early period technological capacities. I will also review new finds from the Burnaby Narrows area, where excavation on a series of sites on relict shorelines is helping to fill in gaps in the very poorly known 5000 to 2000 year old time period in Haida Gwaii. Excavation in 2012 focused on testing different terrace heights and establishing chronology, but a number of interesting artifacts were found, including decorated bone, a large chalcedony assemblage, and what appears to be an early appearance of ground stone celts in the middle Holocene period.”