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Plenary Presentations

Husky Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary


Trade: A Fundamental Part of Cultural Interaction

CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

This session focuses on the social, economic and political aspects of trade in a variety of periods and places. Trade is one of the fundamental ways to identify past cultural interactions and the implication carried with exchange. The exchange of raw materials and manufactured goods sheds light on the internal and external workings of human cultures. Investigating how we study trade and how trade was conducted in different regions stimulates discussion and debate across the field of archaeology.

  • Ana Delgado Hervás and Meritxell Ferrer Martín
  • James Aimers
  • Michele Bernatz
  • Joanna Casey
  • Alice B. Kehoe
  • Celia A. Nord
  • Lidio M. Valdez and J. Ernesto Valdez
  • W. D. Glanzman
  • Christine Johnston
  • Lidio M. Valdez and Juan Taboada

Cross-Oceanic Interaction: Understanding the Roots and the Aftermath

Scotia Bank Milling Area, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

This session explores the effects of the contact between European and Native cultures in Northern Canada. The cultural contact of this region is one that has shaped the country as we know it today, and studying it is especially important in studying our own social history. The importance of studying these bonds between the first European contact with the Native populations, and their migrations, demonstrate the interaction and how trade is a common element between all cultures, even ones that are such polar opposites.

  • Amelia Fay
  • Lisa Rankin
  • Tara Carter
  • Colleen Haukaas and Lisa Hodgetts
  • David Landry and S. Brooke Milne

Tracking Timeworn Footprints with Ancient Biomolecules and Stable Isotopes

Evans Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

The analysis of skeletal remains from archaeological contexts can provide direct evidence for past human interactions. In addition to examining inherited skeletal and dental traits and body modifications to investigate biological affinity, ethnic identity or regional affiliations, bioarchaeologists also use molecular and isotopic methods to map population distributions and the movement of people and resources. Ancient DNA is well suited to the study of interaction, migration and exchange in past populations. Analysis is not limited to human specimens as the molecular ecology of archaeofauna is equally important in developing an understanding of past environments. The migration of individuals and groups is also investigated using the geographically variable isotopes of strontium and oxygen. Regional movement of groups and/or exchange of food resources can be explored via dietary reconstructions using stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur in human and faunal remains. Such analyses are often complemented and augmented with data from other approaches to provide holistic reconstructions of past human interactions.

  • Thomas C. A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, Antonia T. Rodrigues, Kasia Zimmerman, and Dongya Y. Yang
  • Christyann Darwent, Sarah K. Brown, and Ben Sacks
  • Fernando Villanea, Deborah Bolnick, Cara Monroea, Rosita Worl, Rosemary Cambra, Alan Leventhal, and Brian M. Kemp
  • Asta Rand
  • Hilary Gough, Robert Hoppa, and Mostafa Fayek
  • Susan Pfeiffer, R. Williamson, J. Sealy, and C. Forrest
  • Jeffrey Werner


Mesoamerica Re-Creates Itself: Long-Distance Migration and Exchange along the Gulf Coast and Pacific Corridors of Greater Mesoamerica during the Epiclassic and Early Postclassic

CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

By the mid-twentieth century several prominent scholars had developed hypotheses linking Epiclassic and Early Postclassic Gulf Coast phenomena with those on the Pacific littoral spanning Chiapas to Nicaragua. For some, the primary evidence included the far-flung distributions of particular objects and techniques – Yokes and Hachas, Plumbate Ware, certain polychrome wares – while for others the widely shared iconography and closely related art styles of the Early Postclassic were paramount. Further refinements and new hypotheses were developed in the following fifty years, including those based on world systems theory and others based on proposed cult activities centered around Quetzalcoatl. We have much more evidence of intensive Gulf Coast interaction during this period, and the specter of the Olmeca-Xicallanca has yet to be convincingly exorcised. This session will bring the most recent evidence to bear on this rich historiography.

  • Gina Carroll and Geoffrey McCafferty
  • Kelsey Friesen and Geoffrey McCafferty
  • Julie Hoggarth
  • Rex Koontz
  • Katrina Kosyk
  • Jennifer Lapp
  • Jessica Manion and Geoffrey McCafferty
  • Geoffrey McCafferty and Carrie Dennett
  • Kim Richter
  • William M. Ringle
  • Larry Steinbrenner
  • Laura Wingfield
  • Jerald Ek
  • Cherra Wyllie

‘Now you see it...’ Interaction, migration, and exchange as seen through studies of material culture, identity, and landscapes.

Scotia Bank Milling Area, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

This session explores differences in identity and how this aspect of a cultural practice may influence and affect the goods produced for trade, the interactions with other cultures and how the agents in these groups viewed their own place relative to other peoples. The cultural identity of individuals is expressed through ritual and daily practices, art and architecture. An individual’s cultural identity is a way of defining the reasons behind their actions as well as their views of their understanding of the world and its processes.

  • Samantha Leggett
  • Priscilla Mollard
  • Carla Osborne
  • Franciska Incze
  • Mary Jane Acuña
  • Camina Manychief
  • Erin Ingram
  • Rosalind Bradford
  • Francesca Mermati
  • Tanya Chiykowski
  • Jolene Debert
  • Guadalupe Ochoa
  • Paula Doumani
  • Loren Teetelli
  • Denise Terpstra
  • Heather Richards-Rissetto and Kristin Landau
  • Anastasia Kotsoglou

Travelscapes: Case Studies of Human Movement

Evans Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

All over the world, humans travel and have traveled across the terrestrial landscape by way of trails, paths, and roads for a multiplicity of purposes. These trackways interlink important places, facilitating the movement of people, things, and ideas within and among villages and other locales. While traveling along these routes, humans stopped at waystations, resting places, resource patches, and important landmarks, leaving material evidence of their passing in the form of archaeological sites. Whether the physical remains of trackways preserve in the archaeological record or erode away, we have a suite of methods and theories at our disposal to discern the sociocultural importance they once held. This session will examine a theoretically, methodologically, and geographically broad range of perspectives and approaches regarding human terrestrial movement in varying contexts through a diverse combination of papers.

  • Julie Martindale
  • Lindsay Amundsen-Meyer
  • Gerald A. Oetelaar
  • Robin Woywitka and Darryl Bereziuk
  • Dean Wetzel
  • Kisha Supernant
  • Mike Moloney
  • Mitch Hendrickson
  • Ricardo Vázquez Leiva
  • Adam K. Benfer
  • Róger Mesén Delgado and Carolina Cavillini Morales
  • Silvia Salgado González and Eugenia Ibarra Rojas
  • Margaret Hanna
  • Discussant: James E. Snead



Mesoamerican Obsidian Source Areas: Socio-economic, political and ideological points of origin for interaction and exchange

CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

Obsidian source areas, and the mines and quarry complexes that resulted from their utilization, are dynamic locations critical to our understanding of Mesoamerican economies. By their very nature they are an initial node in a complex web of regional and macroregional interactions and exchange that crossed socio-economic, political and ideological divisions. Archaeologically, obsidian source areas have received less attention than other types of Mesoamerican sites, which is surprising considering their central role in economic exchange systems and the development and maintenance of sociopolitical and economy power. As a result, the lack of archaeological perspectives from these complexes leaves any discussion on the human interaction responsible for the economic production, distribution and consumption of stone tools fundamentally incomplete. The perspectives presented here bring together the latest information on the exploitation of Mesoamerican obsidian sources with consideration given to the types of interaction and exchange that facilitated the movement of obsidian across space.

  • Rodrigo Esparza López, Dolores Tenorio Castilleros, and Melania Jiménez-Reyes
  • Dan Healan
  • Gianfranco Cassian and Ana María Alvarez Palma
  • Alejandro Pastrana and Silvia Domínguez
  • Charles Knight
  • Edgar Oswaldo Suyuc Ley


Pahn-Ti-Pan:  Exploring Macro-Regional Interaction in Central Belize

CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

Understanding the processes of trade, exchange, and population movement lies at the heart of all archaeological studies at the regional level.  In this session, we seek to explore these from the particular perspective of our ongoing research focussed on the civic-ceremonial centre of Tipan and the eastern fringes of the Classic Maya heartland.  Many of the contributors to this session participated as undergraduate students in Michigan State University’s 2013 field school with the Central Belize Archaeological Survey.

  • Gabriel Wrobel, and Shawn Morton
  • Amber Raslich, Christoper Andres, and Karen Pierce
  • Bethany Slon, and Amy Michael
  • Mari Isa, Josh Burbank, and Shawn Morton
  • Maxwell Forton and Becky Shelton
  • Xuan Wei and Gabriel Wrobel

All Day

Current developments and past accomplishments in the archaeology of the Athabasca District: an exchange of ideas

Scotia Bank Milling Area, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

Ongoing resource development in the Lower Athabasca and adjacent regions of northern Alberta and Saskatchewan has substantially increased archaeological understanding of these regions through the extensive archaeological assessment and excavation work triggered by oil, gas, mining and related projects. This work has been complemented by a smaller number of academic and government projects that have worked to address issues beyond the purview of consulting archaeology studies. However, the rate at which new work is initiated and new data are collected creates ongoing challenges to archaeologists working in the region, as it outstrips opportunities to disseminate and synthesize their findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed publications. With these issues in mind, this session will provide an opportunity for archaeologists working in the Athabasca District to connect and share their latest findings and interpretations, as well as to publish them in the form of an edited volume of peer-reviewed papers issued through the Archaeological Society of Alberta’s Occasional Paper Series. Topics of particular interest will be: problems and advances in the creation of a culture history for this region; methodological challenges and developments in the remote boreal forest environments associated with the region; problems and opportunities associated with interrelating the region’s Holocene geomorphic paleoenvironment and archaeological records; moving beyond methodological challenges to reconstruction of past lifeways in this region.

  • Elizabeth Robertson and Brent Kevinsen
  • Krista Gilliland and Robin Woywitka
  • Michael Turney
  • Julie Martindale
  • Christy de Mille
  • Laura Roskowski and Morgan Netzel
  • David Meyer
  • Discussant: Brian Ronaghan
  • Discussant: Nancy Saxberg

Mesoamerican Merchants and their Markets, Commodities and Products

Evans Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

The intent of this session is to explore the market economies of Mesoamerica from the Preclassic through the Spanish conquest and colonial periods. Possible themes include discussion of specific goods and services, resource shortages and surpluses, exchange systems, economic strategies, market environments, and merchant affiliations. Papers may also explore the impact of economic systems on the social, political, and religious life of Mesoamerican societies. The session is intended to include a wide range of topics including specific case studies, general overviews, and theoretical discussions.

  • Nicholas A. Hopkins
  • Karen Bassie Sweet
  • Ronald L. Canter
  • Erick Rochette
  • David Mora-Marín, Dorie Reents-Budet, Virginia Fields
  • Brigitte Kovacevich
  • Oswaldo Chinchilla
  • Rafael Cobos
  • Yuko Shiratori
  • Norbert Stanchly and Erin Kennedy Thornton
  • Scott Simmons and Elizabeth Graham
  • Sonja A. Schwake and Gyles Iannone



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