March 20, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 15, 2019
Room 246, Second Floor Board Room
19 Russell St.,
University of Toronto campus
Vice President & Program Convenor:
Current Edition of Profile
Past Editions of Profile
Max Friesen, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Inuvialuit Architecture: The Archaeology of Cruciform Houses in the Mackenzie Delta
Within the great range of house types occupied by northern peoples, a few stand out due to their size, complexity, or unusual form. One of the most spectacular is the cruciform semi-subterranean house occupied by Inuvialuit in the Mackenzie Delta region, Northwest Territories. These are known through the historic record as very large, carefully constructed driftwood-framed houses with three alcoves bordering a central floor area.
Over the past 60 years, several archaeologists have excavated portions of cruciform houses, leading to gradually increasing knowledge about them. However, due to their great size, deep burial, and problems with permafrost, it has been difficult to excavate one fully.
Dr. Friesen will report on the recent excavation of two large cruciform houses at the site of Kuukpak on the East Channel of the Mackenzie River. Following a brief overview of the ethnohistoric record, he will interpret aspects of the houses’ architectural form, construction techniques, and change over time.
Richard Gerrard of City of Toronto
Richard will be speaking on the schooner parts found in Toronto waterfront construction last year and will be giving it a VR twist.
Dr. Peter Russell, Curator Emeritus, University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum
Shirley's Box: The Highgate Mastodon Story
All museums have wonderful donations from time to time. Some donations come with a label detailing their provenance, which may amount to a couple of lines or which may open the way to a fascinating history. Shirley’s Box, started as a simple box of fossils, which turned into a wonderful story, which can inform us about the pre-history of Ontario. No, we didn’t have dinosaurs roaming here but we did have giants of the ice age, mammoths, mastodons, giant beaver and more.
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