I noticed that the Capilano University Archaeology Field School, which just started a few days ago near Vancouver, has a blog. So far there are three days worth of entries and it looks like it will be a lot of fun to follow along with the students who, under the direction of Bob Muckle, will be continuing to work on the archaeology of historic logging in the Seymour River Watershed, which flows into Burrard Inlet. Much of the logging was conducted by Japanese immigrants, making for a nice overlay of ethnicity and capitalism and material culture.
I heard Bob talk about this at UBC Archaeology Days last year and it was truly interesting stuff — and I don’t even want to add “for historical archaeology”!! For example, check out the “stone chair” pictured above. We found one of these at the remote western end of Upper Victoria Lake in southern Haida Gwaii last year, and puzzled over it for some time. It was comfy, and faced west, which was maybe all we really needed to know. Anyway, I hope that they manage to keep up a daily posting routine about this fieldschool so that we can follow along from a distance, and I encourage you to encourage them by putting some hits on their site and maybe leave them some comments!
There might be some interesting comparisons to be made between their materials and our Millennia excavations of the “Japan Town” portion of the National Historic Site of McLean’s Mill, near Port Alberni.
And also Douglas Ross’s recent PhD dissertation on the Ewert Cannery near Annacis Island in the Fraser River.
Looks like the “anonymous blogger” now has a name: Jessica Clayton.
Morley and Bob Muckle have started a conversation over there – I think with the annoying blogger.com comments field the best way to go is to make the comment anonymous and then sign your name within the text. It could be the SPAM settings are too harsh over there – I know my comment got eaten!
Very good, dear friends.
This is very nice for us. To who archaeology stays being Aegyptians, Greeks, Roman and so on…
Hi Manuel, thanks for stopping by from so far away. I suspect you came from this page:
http://bit.ly/9ilO5l (babelfish translation)
Which has some nice links to industrial archaeology that people here might be interested in as well.
I wonder what Darcy would have to say about that “stone chair”?
I see that the ubiquitous and pleasant Tad McIlwraith visited the Capilano Field School and has a visitor’s report up on his blog here, with links to more pictures as well.
Sounds like he’s getting the archaeology bug, but if, as rumour has it, he was the consumer of the Bud Lite Lime Beer bottle found then his learning curve will indeed be steep.
The Capilano blog is being regularly updated here, as noted above:
You must know, Quentin, that Bob is teaching me better than to salt sites with Bud Lite Lime! I’d have to be a fancy microbrew at least. I’m still waiting for the grad seminar on the archaeology of beer, but I grant you that starting with lower level drinking courses might be important as I reshape my identity towards your science.