Sunday, March 6, 2011

BC Archaeology Forum Program

I’m a big supporter of the B.C. Archaeology forum and posted about it a while back. The forum is an annual gathering of archaeologists, students, First Nations and others with an interest in B.C. Archaeology. It’s a rare chance for all the different stakeholders to get together, catch up, and socialize. This year the forum is co-hosted by UBC and the Musqueam First Nation, and will be held near SW Marine Drive (i.e., not on the UBC campus: map). Since I am getting tons of hits from google queries looking for information about it, and since this can also serve as a reminder to get out to the forum this Saturday, November 6th, I am pasting in the program of events below.

Remember, everyone is welcome. The registration fee is only 20$, and half that for students. You can walk up to register on Saturday morning. It would be most welcome to see lots of public and community members there.

The program (PDF) (I refuse to call it an agenda) is pasted in below with some comments.

There is an introductory address (in this case scheduled for forty minutes!!), followed by reports from Universities on field schools and other activities, and by agencies and companies. Then there are more topical papers including, in addition to site-specific talks, presentations on data repositories, intellectual property, on violations of the Heritage Conservation Act and by Wayne Point of the Musqueam, on archaeological monitoring.

The latter is a process by which archaeologists are hired, after a project’s impact assessments have been done, to watch the disturbance of the earth by, say, a backhoe. This is a fail-safe procedure to ensure nothing was missed by shovel testing or other evaluation, or, in some cases, to watch the actual destruction of part of a site when that has been given the green light. I’ll be interested in seeing why this is being brought forward by the Musqueam.

Anyway, it looks like a great program and thanks and congratulations to those who worked hard to put it all together.

BC Archaeology Forum 2010

LOCATION: 51st Ave. Hall (intersection of 51st Ave W and Salish Drive) (map)


* 7‐9 p.m. Informal gathering and Registration

SATURDAY, November 6

* Begins at 9:00 a.m. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)

* 9:00 ‐ 9:40 Welcome and Preliminary Remarks
* 9:40 ‐ 9:50 Andrew Martindale UBC Musqueam/UBC Field School 2010
* 9:50 ‐ 10:10 Douglas Hudson UFV Field School for Selkirk College and UFV in the Kootenays
* 10:10 ‐ 10:30 Farid Rahemtulla UNBC The UNBC/Babine Lake Nation 2010 Field School
* 10:30 ‐ 10:50 NUTRITION BREAK
* 10:50 ‐ 11:00 Nyra Chalmer & Chris Springer SFU Sliammon / SFU Field School 2010
* 11:00 ‐ 11:10 Nick Waber UVic 2010 Uvic Archaeology Fieldschool: Fieldwork in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
* 11:10 ‐ 11:20 Daryl Fedje Parks Canada Parks Canada Archaeology in Gwaii Haanas and Gulf Island National Park Reserve
* 11:20 ‐ 11:30 Lenore Thompson Millennia Millennia Research Update
* 11:30 ‐ 11:40 Elizabeth McManus UBC Archives and Archaeology
* 11:40 ‐ 12:30 Dave Schaepe (SRRMC), Lenore Thompson (Millennia), Sue Rowley (UBC Panel Presentation: Repositories and Data Access. Followed by discussion period.
* 12:30 ‐ 1:30 LUNCH
* 1:30 ‐ 1:40 Chris Arnett (UBC) Stein rock art
* 1:40 ‐ 2:00 Michael Klassen (SFU/Klahanee) Identification guidelines for trail marker trees (TMTs) and other shaped standing trees (SSTs) in the BC Interior
* 2:00 ‐ 2:10 David Pokotylo, Sandra Peacock, Richard Hebda, Brian Kooyman (UBC/UBC O) Recent Research in the Upper Hat Creek Valley
* 2:10 ‐ 2:20 Susan Crockford (UVic/Pacific Identifications)Dog burials and human /dog internments
* 2:20 ‐ 2:40 George Nicholas (SFU) Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) Project Update
* 2:40 ‐ 3:00 Charles Menzies (UBC) Laxyuup Gitxaata Research Project
* 3:00 ‐ 3:20 Jim Stafford (Coast Interior) Five years of archaeology on the South Central Coast of BC ‐ a summary
* 3:20 ‐ 3:30 Dave Schaepe (SRRMC) Sto:lo Research Centre
* 3:30 – 3:40 Peter Vigneault & Ryan Dickie (Amec) Results of Excavations at DkRn‐1
* 3:40 – 4:00 NUTRITION BREAK
* 4:00 ‐ 4:20 John Welch et al. (SFU) BC Heritage Act Violations
* 4:20 ‐ 4:50 Wayne Point (Musqueam) Presentation on Site Monitoring followed by discussion period 4:50‐ 5:00 Closing remarks
* 5:30 Dinner

SUNDAY, November 7

* Musqueam Creek Tour 10:00 a.m. (map for meeting location will be given out at the Forum)
* Lab of Archaeology Tour 11:30 a.m. (Museum of Anthropology – there is a café at the museum)

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