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Category Archives: Archaeology

Stanley Park History and Archaeology

The Vancouver Sun has printed an extensive aboriginal and archaeological history of Stanley Park. The article comes on the heals of the Sun’s coverage of how winter storms may have damaged archaeological sites in the park. (Alternate link.) Update UBC Professor Bruce Miller asks the Sun to correct a misquoting of his interview: Coast Salish […]

Evolution, Primates, and Religion

From Salon.com comes an interview with anthropologist Barbara King. The topic is the origins of religion and interview is prompted by King’s new book, “Evolving God: A Provocative View on the Origins of Religion.” King observes that non-human primates show empathy and meaning-making in their social actions. She draws conclusions about religion by analogy, suggesting […]

Destructive Archaeology Needed to Save Sacred Site

Update Truce Declared (from the Victoria Times Colonist) More conflicts over native sites are inevitable (Vancouver Sun) Original Post Steven Hume writes today in the Vancouver Sun about the destruction of a cave near Victoria, BC. The cave is considered a sacred site by the Tsartlip and Songhees First Nations (Coast Salish) and it has […]

Special Edition of Scientific American

I’m always on the lookout for useful teaching materials for my first and second year courses. To that end, I am now working my way through the current Special Edition of Scientific American. Titled “Becoming Human: Evolution and the Rise of Intelligence,” the issue is devoted to recent research in biological anthropology. There are articles […]

So that’s what anthropologists do …

I am just back from a long weekend trip to Nanaimo and environs on Vancouver Island. My wife and I joined a couple of friends at a B&B and when we arrived I found myself in an all-too-familiar exchange about what anthropologists do. I encountered, however, a new twist this time. In her desire to […]

Coastal Migrations to North America — Blogosphere Abuzz

The title of the post may be somewhat overstated, but recent posts at Anthropology.net and Keats’ Telescope describe the peopling of North America via the British Columbia coast. The buzz comes from papers presented recently at the AAAS meetings. I’m not sure this theory is all that new … it has certainly been around since […]

1,400 Year Old Moccasin Found in the Yukon

I don’t blog enough on ‘local’ archaeology … but the find of 1,400 year old moccasin in the southwestern corner of the Yukon caught my eye.  The moccasin was uncovered two and a half years ago and appears to be made of caribou hide.  The article discusses briefly why the moccasin survived and it provides […]

The Management of Archaeological Heritage

My Wednesday night class on BC First Nations discussed BC archaeology this week. A small part of the lecture and conversation revolved around the role played by the BC Provincial Government in maintaining the Provincial Heritage Registry, a database which houses information about the archaeological sites recorded in the province. Some students expressed concern and […]

Beothuk Research and Possible Film

In a timely follow-up to class discussions over the past weeks, The Toronto Star has run a piece about the extinction / extermination of the Beothuks of Newfoundland during the eighteen and early nineteenth centuries. The article describes an upcoming film production about the Beothuks using forensic anthropology and ethnohistory: [The] supposed mystery of the […]

Historical Archaeology in North Vancouver

Many thanks to Professor Bob Muckle and his archaeology students for showing me around the very cool logging camp they are excavating near Capilano College in North Vancouver. Bob has run the Capilano College Archaeological Fieldschool for years now — and I was pleased to finally get there and see the evidence they have unearthed […]