ASI at the Ontario Archaeological Society Symposium

As always, ASI is participating in the annual OAS Symposium, taking place this year virtually from November 2-8, 2020! This year’s symposium is exploring the possibilities of a virtual conference, and trying out new formats that are accessible and interactive.

The Symposium is “pay what you can” this year- which is a great opportunity for everyone to take part. You can still register here!

There are many great papers, workshops, and posters on the roster, the full program is available here.

On Thursday, November 5th, Katie Hull and Caitlin Coleman are putting on a Historical Ceramics workshop for non-specialists

Time:  7:30 pm

In this workshop, structured to provide education and support to the non-specialist (of any heritage discipline), we will share our tips on how to identify, date, and contextualize those shiny white ceramic sherds or donated vessels that we all have in our collections. From locally made kitchen bowls to imported Staffordshire teacups, we hope to provide each of you with enough information and resources to more fully bore your friends at parties and haggle with antique shop owners (as well as be more effective and knowledgeable in your role as heritage professionals). If you are already well versed in creamware and transfer prints, this workshop is not for you!

On Saturday November 7th, several of our staff members are participating in a session on “New Insights from Old Collections: The Research Potential of Legacy Collections in Ontario Archaeology” organized by Trevor Orchard (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Time: 9 am- 12:30pm

At 9:30am “The Research Potential and Challenges of Unpublished Legacy Collections: The Quackenbush Site” by Peter Carruthers (ASI), Christian Gates St-Pierre (Université de Montréal), Suzanne Needs-Howarth (ASI), Robert Wojtowicz (ASI)

At 9:50 am “What’s in the Box? Ceramic Analysis of Charlie Garrad’s Legacy Collections” by Robert Wojtowicz and Caitlin Coleman

At 10:10 am “Oldies but Goodies: The Use of CRM Legacy Collections for Academic Research” by Alexis Dunlop

Also on Saturday morning, our founder Ronald F. Williamson, is participating in a panel discussion on “Telling Great Stories” focused on how archaeology can be shared in a way that emphasizes the engaging, compelling nature of our work.

Time: 11:00-12:00 pm

Saturday afternoon, ASI is sponsoring and participating in a session focused on Collaborations in History: Archaeology and GLAMS (galleries, libraries, archives and museums).

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

At 2:10 pm “The Exhibit Archaeology Alive! The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville” by Krista Rauchenstein (Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre), Louis Lesage (Huron-Wendat Nation), Ron Williamson (ASI), Michael Carter (Ryerson)

At 2:50 pm “Empathic Traditions: A New Look at an Old Collection” by Clark Bernat (City of Niagara Falls), Tim Johnson (Landscape of Nations), Rob MacDonald (ASI)