September 19, 2018
October 17, 2018
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
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.
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.
There are many ways to get involved in the Chapter. If you would like to contribute, please contact Carole.
Questions? Contact us by email: Toronto Chapter of The OAS
For current news, check us out on Facebook! Facebook Page for the Toronto Chapter of The OAS