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unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at

 Routhier Community Centre,
 172 Guigues near Cumberland


Thursday January 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
The symmetry of Mohawk wood splint baskets
Talena Atfield, Curator Eastern Ethnology, Canadian Museum of History

Symmetry analysis performed on Mohawk wood splint  baskets dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries revealed a preferred symmetry pattern. I argue that this pattern has meaning within Mohawk society and Mohawk women were deliberately applying this pattern in their weaving. Future directives include comparing this preferred pattern to pottery assemblages and other material mediums to look at variation through time.


Thursday February 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  
Archaeology and Park Establishment in the Rouge Valley:  Rouge National Urban Park of Canada
Jenneth Curtis, Archaeologist, Parks Canada

Parks Canada is working towards the establishment of Canada’s first nation urban park, Rouge National Urban Park, in the Greater Toronto Area.  A key component of this work is to develop an understanding of the cultural history of the park study area and the more than 200 known archaeological sites that will be within the park boundaries.  This presentation summarizes the work conducted to date to develop an archaeological site inventory for the park and to conduct archaeological impact assessments for park establishment activities.  I present highlights from three seasons of fieldwork within the park that included revisiting Iroquoian village sites and exploring the Euro-Canadian history and archaeology of the hamlet of Mongolia.

Jenneth Curtis has been an archaeologist with Parks Canada since 2006.  For almost ten years she worked from the Atlantic Service Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia providing archaeological support and advice to National Parks and National Historic Sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.  In 2015 she transferred to Parks Canada's National Office in Gatineau and she is currently on assignment with Rouge National Urban Park supporting the park establishment process.  Jenneth completed her doctorate on the archaeology of southern Ontario at the University of Toronto in 2004.





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