ASBC Victoria Tue Feb 19th: Coastal Archaeology in Huu-ay-aht territory, Vancouver Island

Archaeological work in Huu-ay-aht territory, 2012

Archaeological work in Huu-ay-aht territory, 2012

Quick note to say that the upcoming February meeting of the Victoria Chapter of the Archaeological Society of B.C.  should be a good one (sadly I am back east at the time):

Coastal Field Archaeology in Huu-ay-aht Territory: Highlights from the 2012 Bamfield Marine Science Centre Archaeological Field School

Tuesday February 19th, 2013, 7:30 pm Pacific Forestry Centre,
506 West Burnside Road. map

Free and Open to the Public

Abstract: In July and August of 2012, the Huu-ay-aht First Nation and the Bamfield Marine Science Centre co-hosted a ‘Coastal Field Archaeology’ course on Huu-ay-aht Government Lands in Barkley Sound on western Vancouver Island. Fifteen anthropology students from UBC, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria participated with the support of two Huu-ay-aht youth, two instructors, and a teaching assistant. This presentation features highlights from the 2012 fieldseason which involved fieldwork at three very different sites strongly connected to recent and ancient Huu-ay-aht history (two coastal villages and one inland canoe manufacturing site). Students participated in survey and mapping, coring, and augering, as well as conventional excavation and column sampling all of which generated an exciting array of archaeological observations, including historic, precontact and nearly contemporary artifacts and house features.


Nicole Smith (MA, UVic) has been working as an archaeologist in coastal BC for the last thirteen years as a graduate student, consultant, researcher, and educator. She presently works from home in Vancouver as a consulting archaeologist and enjoys collaborating on academically driven projects with First Nations and colleagues at UVic, SFU, UBC, and Parks Canada.

Iain McKechnie is a coastal zooarchaeologist and a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at University of British Columbia whose research focuses on Nuu-chah-nulth archaeology on western Vancouver Island. He has an MA from Simon Fraser University and is a former executive member of the Victoria Branch of the ASBC.

5 responses to “ASBC Victoria Tue Feb 19th: Coastal Archaeology in Huu-ay-aht territory, Vancouver Island

  1. How about a caption for the intriguing photo qmackie? Is that a canoe on the right?


  2. That is indeed one of three canoe blanks rediscovered by Professional Forester Steve Smith at a previously recorded CMT site in the Sarita Valley forest (the recorded CMTs being enormous stumps).


  3. Thanks for the response Jacqueline!


  4. what happened to this blog? is there anyone you can recommend if your retiring?


  5. 2013 Coastal Field Archaeology student Sara Daruvala (UVic) produced this fun video of fieldwork this past summer that Huu-ay-aht First Nations posted on their youtube channel :


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