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2018/2019 Meetings:
September 19, 2018
October 17, 2018

7:30 PM

Room 246, Second Floor Board Room
Anthropology Building,
19 Russell St.,
University of Toronto campus

Carole Stimmell

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Mima Kapches

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Christine Caroppo

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Douglas Hunter, PhD., York University

Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Scandalized the Royal Ontario Museum

For some twenty years, a Viking grave purportedly discovered by an itinerant prospector in northern Ontario marred our understanding of the original European outreach to the Americas. Acquired in 1936 by Charles Trick Currelly, the celebrated director of the ROM's archaeology division, the Beardmore relics were only exposed as a clumsy hoax in 1956. In his book Beardmore (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018), Douglas Hunter unravels the complex case and shows how power can be exercised across professional networks in ways that are hostile to arriving at the truth.

September Poster

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rhiannon Fisher, M.Sc., RPA, Archaeologist, Golder Associates

Carla Parslow, Ph.D., Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates

The Unexpected Finds at AhHa-317, a Late Woodland Habitation Site in Hamilton, Ontario

AhHa-317 has been interpreted as a cabin site or special use site with a Late Woodland Attawandaron (Neutral) Iroquoian affiliation. Preliminary analysis of the pre-colonial Indigenous assemblage revealed a large amount of chipping detritus, projectile points and other lithic tools indicative of hunting activities related to food acquisition. Pottery, including decorated pieces, dated the assemblage to c. 1400-1600. While this artifact assemblage is typical of Woodland sites in the area, the significant number of artifacts related to fishing, such as a bone harpoon, netsinker, and fish scales, is distinctive. A phallic stone, possibly an effigy used as a pestle, is an exceptional find. This talk explores the frequency and relationship of fishing instruments to other artifacts found on Late Woodland sites within the region, including sites of the Grand River Valley. This talk also explores possible uses for the phallic effigy recovered during excavation.

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