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Category Archives: Archaeology

Capilano U Archaeology Field School

I had the pleasure of visiting the Capilano University Archaeology Field School at one of their sites in the Seymour watershed (North Vancouver) this morning. In its twelfth year, and always under the direction of Bob Muckle, the Field School is unearthing a Japanese history in the forests of Vancouver’s north shore. The site is […]

100 Anthropology Blogs has published a list of 100 anthropology blogs. It’s a neat list and a great resource.

Chehalis Sacred Sites Protected Under New Agreement

I love reading about agreements between First Nations and government which are designed to protect sacred sites. In the case of an agreement between the Chehalis (Coast Salish; Fraser Valley) and the BC government, the sacred area contains archaeological components — but spirituality, heritage, tradition, and history are also integral to this cultural landscape and […]

Living Relatives of Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi Found

This story fascinates me — both for reasons of human interest and aboriginal rights. DNA testing has identified seventeen living relatives of an aboriginal hunter who died perhaps three hundred years ago. His remains were frozen in glacial ice in northern BC in the territory of the Champagne-Aishihik First Nations (Athapaskan). The seventeen people connected […]

John Hawks Reviews 10,000BC

Sure, his review* of 10,000BC is making the rounds … but it is utterly fantastic. Update: The Globe and Mail says this about the film: The story is set among an improbable mountainous tribe of Caucasian/Rastafarian/native North American mammoth hunters, who resemble nightclubbing Calvin Klein models who speak in slightly accented formal English. So formal […]

Heritage Act at Centre of Continuing Klappan Dispute

Dogwood Initiative details the latest round in the efforts of Shell to rebuild a road into the Klappan and the efforts of the Klabona Keepers’ to use all means possible to protect Tahltan cultural resources. The BC Heritage Conservation Act — and the provision that archaeological sites are protected as long as they are older […]

Injunction Against Shell in Klappan

Word today from the Klabona Keepers announcing that a temporary injunction has been issued in BC Supreme Court against Shell. This prevents Shell from rebuilding the road into the Klappan where they wish to continue exploring for coal bed methane. Notably, the injunction was issued on the assertion that BC’s Heritage Conservation Act — which […]

Revamping the BC Heritage Act

BC MLAs and others are trying to revise the BC Heritage Act. The Act protects archaeological sites in the province. Of note, Hupacasath (Port Alberni) Chief Judith Sayers and member of the group working on revisions notes some of the problems with the Act as it exists now: “What’s really broken [in the Act] is […]

Management Plan for Development on Marpole Midden

The Vancouver Sun reports that the Musqueam First Nation (Coast Salish; Vancouver) and the BC Provincial Government are negotiating a plan to protect the Marpole Midden from damage by future development (alternate link). While the negotiations provide another example of the changing relationship between First Nations and the BC Government, Randy Shore’s article is much […]

‘Drive around archaeological sites’ the 5 of Clubs Reminds Troops reports that forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are being issued decks of ‘archaeology cards.’ The cards are part of a program to make troops aware of the heritage resources of both countries. You might remember that the last set of cards issued to troops were covered with the images of the war’s most […]