Sunday, December 11, 2016

AGM - election - Seasonal Social

Members Meeting -  Wednesday December 14th 2016 at 7PM
AGM and Seasonal Social
December is the time that we have our AGM and invite our members to elect our upcoming executive that will guide the chapter's  activities over the next year. Nominations for executive positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are invited and are open up to the time that the meeting is called to order. The agenda for the meeting will be brief and include a succinct report from our president, treasurer and secretary followed by any nominations, the election and social with light refreshments.
Our venue for the meeting and social will be in the board room on the upper floor of the Midland Public Library.  320 King St, Midland, ON L4R 3M6
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Some things to consider.

Paul Racher - President of the Ontario Archaeological Society

There are things we say we believe. But would we be willing to act on them, even if there were a cost?
Consider if we adopted the following principles in consulting archaeology:
1) That archaeologists recognize that they have obligations to any group whose cultural background is the subject of investigation.

2) That Indigenous peoples, as descendant groups, have an inherent right to practice stewardship over their own cultural properties (which is to say archaeological and historical sites, artifacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature).

3) That said stewardship includes the right to maintain, control, protect, develop and have access to said properties.

4) That the deep relationship between indigenous peoples and their cultural properties must be acknowledged and respected regardless of legal ownership.

5) That the informed consent of representatives of an Indigenous or descendant group must be obtained prior to the investigation or management of their cultural properties.
Question 1: Could we do it? In Game Theory, this is an example of "The Prisoner's Dilemma." If everyone were to adhere to such principles, then we could change how archaeology is done in the province. Tomorrow. If only some did, then they would be penalized by the market as business flowed to those firms who did not comply.
Question 2: If we know that this going to happen sooner or later, and we agree with it, why are we waiting to be told to do it?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

“The Contributions of Dr. Edward William Bawtree, M.D. to Ontario Archaeology.”

Subject of a Lecture to the Huronia Chapter of the OAS

“The Contributions of Dr. Edward William Bawtree, M.D. to Ontario Archaeology.”

Dr. Conrad E. Heidenreich.
Recipient of the “Norm Emerson Medal” in 2015.

Many archaeologists know parts of Dr. Bawtree‘s A Brief Description of some Sepulchral Pits… through selections printed by Andrew Frederick Hunter for his Notes on Tiny and Oro Townships.
most Ontario archaeologists have all but ignored Dr. Bawtree’s work.

 In this short lecture Dr. Heidenreich will be shedding more light on this subject than most archaeologist have ever had access to before.

Come out and learn more about these important works that most of us have been missing

Wednesday, August 31, 2016



Membership Meeting -  Wednesday Sept 14th 2016

Midland Public Library - 7 PM

Our special guest speaker for this meeting will be Paul Racher

A Talk titled                                     "Holes"

- an examination of the state of archaeology in the province, the challenges it faces, and how archaeology is going to be changed as the Settler Society re-negotiates its relationship with the province's Indigenous communities. Recent events in Simcoe County will be cited as case studies.

Paul Racher is Vice-President, Operations of ARA and teaches Cultural Resource Management at WLU. He has a B.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology from WLU and an M.A. in anthropology from McMaster University. He began his career as a heritage professional in 1986. Over the two and a half decades since, he has overseen the completion of several hundred archaeological and cultural heritage contracts. He holds professional licence with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport (MTCS). Paul is an Associate at the Heritage Resources Centre, a heritage think tank at the University of Waterloo, and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). He also holds memberships in the Association of Professional Archaeologists (APA), and the current president of the Ontario Archaeological Association (OAS).

. Meetings are open to the public at no charge.
The meeting will be held in the assembly room on the lower level of the Midland Public Library
320 King St. Midland, ON.

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