Stones and Bones

Exploring a collection of pottery

Exploring a collection of pottery

Apologies on the long gap between posts, I’d like to say I was off in some exotic place excavating some missing link and had no computer access. In reality, the soul-sucking hours of report writing left me with little time and less willpower to sit any further at my computer. But that report has largely wrapped up, so it should be back to the regular shenanigans now.

 

Hanging out in some mammoth teeth!

Hanging out in some mammoth teeth!

I did escape my computer for a few fun things, so we’ll catch up on the back-log first! Early in March the local branch of the Archaeological Society of Alberta held their bi-annual Stone and Bones weekend. Specialists in archaeology and paleontology from the Royal Alberta Museum are invited to the Gem of the West – a small local museum with some great collections and displays.

Helping crush up FBR for pottery temper

Helping crush up FBR for pottery temper

This weekend gives locals the opportunity to bring in their private collections to be looked at, occasionally photographed or recorded. A local flint knapper was also demonstrating his skill, as was a potter who specializes in various techniques seen in the archaeological record, and some activities for the kids.

This excavation has everything!

This excavation has everything!

Technically speaking, private collections aren’t allowed – the cultural materials all belong to the province, to everyone. But some of these collections have been built up and passed down over generations and it would probably create a lot of ill-will for the province to start confiscating them now.

Just pressure flaking this awesome point made by Terry Quinn.

Just pressure flaking this awesome point made by Terry Quinn.

Instead, they hold weekends like this throughout the province to get a better idea of what is out there and let people know that donating their collection is always an option down the road.

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