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2019 Meetings:
March 20, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 15, 2019

7:30 PM

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

Carole Stimmell

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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.

March Poster

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Richard Gerrard of City of Toronto

Title TBA

Richard will be speaking on the schooner parts found in Toronto waterfront construction last year and will be giving it a VR twist.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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.

May Poster

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