It came up in comments a week or so ago on this blog, but the annual wondering where the archaeology forum is over — it’ll be in Cranbrook October 26-28, with the main day of presentations and a dinner/drumming/dancing on Saturday the 27th. Indeed, the evening festivities are scheduled to go until 1.00 a.m., so it should be a good party. The Sunday field trip will be to a quarry site. The Ktunaxa First Nation will be hosting, for which they deserve all our thanks.
The archaeology forum is the premiere event in BC archaeology, allowing First Nations and consulting, academic and government archaeologists to all get together in fairly informal circumstances and get caught up. It strikes me that this year there is a good chance to drag some of our American colleagues across the border from eastern Washington.
I’ve enjoyed the forums I’ve been too, though the last of those, at Musqueam, was the day before this blog went on hiatus, so there’s some mixed memories there too. Unfortunately I’m previously committed for that weekend – which brings up my annual moan about couldn’t we set a date a few months in advance, say in May each year? Nonetheless, thanks are due to the Ktunaxa for stepping up and I am sure it will be a big success. Also, it looks like there are some special airfare deals referenced here.
Speaking of public events, a reminder that if you are in Victoria, then the ASBC meets tonight (Tuesday) to hear Beth Weathers on bedrock stone bowls, and next Monday noonish there is a talk in UVIC Anthropology by Eric McLay on inland shell middens in the Salish Sea (PDF). I’ve started updating the “Events” area on the right hand column of this blog so hope to keep up with that — if you know of any relevant events, then let me know.