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Submitted by ktmsunde on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:00am


Click HERE to download the .pdf for the Chacmool Conference Program 

Dear Colleague,

The Chacmool Archaeological Association and the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology invite you to submit a presentation abstract and/or session proposal for the 2015 Chacmool Conference being held at the University of Calgary, November 11-14.

Sustainability is the way in which communities remain diverse and productive over time by minimizing their impact on the environment. The Shallow Pasts, Endless Horizons conference seeks contributions that address both failures and successes in past sustainability practices, while at the same time, acting as a forum to openly discuss the benefits archaeological research can have on promoting sustainable living today. Although modern sustainability involves implementing planning strategies with the goal of remaining productive in the future, archaeology has the advantage of providing both diachronic and synchronic analyses to promote a sustainable lifestyle.

We would also like to use this conference as an opportunity to voice concerns over sustaining anthropology as a discipline; not only in regards to field methodology, but also in its relevance to the communities in which we work. Archaeological methods may be destructive in a way that are unsustainable for the future analysis of material, and might prevent future scholars from learning more about our past. Furthermore, academic research, such as paleoanthropology, can be disconnected from the public as it is often challenging to demonstrate how our research is relevant and beneficial.

We encourage you to explore sustainability with us at the 48th Annual Chacmool Conference. The deadline to submit abstracts is now closed. You can email us at If you wish to be part of the conference proceedings, you need to submit an article version of your presentation by February 1st, 2016.

ANARKY Department Collections Tours

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary houses several archaeological and ethnographical museum collections in teaching/research laboratories, most of which has been collected by members of the department or through long-term loan from the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Items in the collection include ceramics, lithics, faunal remains, and bioanthropology casts which originate from near and far. These collections are actively utilized for hands-on learning experiences in various courses and are the subjects of several honors theses and numerous on-going research projects.

All Chacmool Conference attendees are invited to participate in one of two organized tours of these collections with our Curatorial Technician.

1st Tour:  Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 pm meeting in Earth Sciencies 859 (during the conference welcome reception)

2nd Tour:  Friday, November 13 at 5:00 pm meeting in the Rozsa Centre in front of the registration tables.