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Alberta: How the West was Young - Archaeology and Pre-Contact ... __ "Until quite recently most archaeologists believed that what we now know as Alberta was first populated about 11,000 to 12,000 years ago or 11,000 to 12,000 BP."  An overview of Alberta archaeology - illustrated - From -

Archaeological Society of Alberta __ "Inventory of the archival records of the Archaeological Society of Alberta, founded in 1975." - From -

Archaeological Survey of Alberta __ "Located at the Heritage Resource Management, the Archaeological Survey is responsible for managing collections of historic and prehistoric artifacts from over 29,000 archaeological sites spanning at least the last 11,000 years."  General information, stats, teachers center and more. - illustrated - From -

Archaeology Timeline __ Alberta archaeology timeline with interactive map and more. - illustrated - From -

Bodo Archaeological Society __ "The Bodo Archaeological Society (BAS) was incorporated as a non-profit society in December 2003 to promote the continuation of field research and develop public archaeology programming including guided tours to, and interpretation of the Bodo Archaeological Sites."  Learn about the organization, accomplishments and goals. - illustrated - From -

Brief History of Archaeology in Alberta __ "The study of Archaeology in Alberta, like that of most other areas in northern North America, is a post-World War II phenomenon. However, unlike some of our sister provinces, archaeology’s initial study in Alberta was a private rather than a government initiative."  A good look at the history of archaeology in Alberta. - From -

British Block Medicine Wheel and Tipi Ring Campsite __ "The British Block Medicine Wheel and Tipi Ring Campsite is located in the open PRAIRIE of southeastern ALBERTA. The medicine wheel consists of a central stone cairn that is 10 m in diameter and 2 m high, surrounded by a stone circle measuring 24 m in diameter."  A brief article. - From - 

Cluny Archaeological Site __ "The village at Cluny is similar to earth lodge villages found along the Missouri River in what is now North and South Dakota. This is why archaeologists first thought that the village had perhaps been occupied by the ancestors of the historic Crow and Hidatsa,..."  A brief overview. - From - 

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, Alberta  __ Learn the background story of a buffalo jump and also find a general background of archaeology along with much more. - illustrated - 

P.M.A.: Archaeology - Aspects __ Different aspects of archaeology in Alberta, Canada - illustrated - From The Provincial Museum of Alberta -

A Unique Fluted Point from the Grande Prairie Region, Alberta __ "In September of 1995, Dana Braseth of Sexsmith, Alberta, brought a stone tool to an artifact identification event at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Her father, John Braseth, had found the specimen in the Grande Prairie area of northwestern Alberta. This artifact proved to be an almost complete fluted point of Paleoindian age, and provides us with yet another tantalizing piece of the puzzle regarding the issue of the initial peopling of Alberta. This article describes and illustrates this unusual artifact and discusses its significance in Alberta prehistory." - illustrated - From The Provincial Museum of Alberta -

What is Rock Art and Where Can I See It? __ "Alberta's aboriginal inhabitants have left behind a rich cultural history. We need only preserve and decipher it. They had no written language, so in one sense a part of their past has been lost. If we stretch our imaginations, however, and take writing to include paintings and carvings, there is an exciting heritage to discover in the rock art sites of the province." - illustrated - From The Provincial Museum of Alberta -

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Archaeological Survey __ "Follow the students as they explored the landscape during the field school. Explore the Archaeological Survey section to learn more about the sites and their connections to the oral narratives." - illustrated - From -

Archaeology in the Arctic __ Overview of Arctic archaeology including archaeological surveys, a list of Arctic sites and descriptions, oral narrations and teachers help. - illustrated - From -

Archaeology in the Arctic - Archaeology Expert (UK) __ Overview of Arctic archaeology including cultural comparisons, oral traditions and more. - From -

Archaeology page 1 - Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare __ "Bones and artefacts excavated from archaeological sites within the range of Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) provide a wide variety of information about hares and the relationships between hares and people in the distant past."  You will even learn about hare yarn. - illustrated - From -

Archaeology of the Tundra and Arctic Alaska __ Essay style look at Arctic archaeology from Alaska, and across Canada to Greenland. - From -

Arctic Archaeology __ "Archaeological evidence has revealed that the Arctic region of the North American continent has seen some of the most fascinating human adaptations anywhere."  You will find an overview of Arctic archaeology and many additional resources. - From -

Arctic natives and archaeology __ You will find many resources here and not just about archaeology. - From - 

Arctic and Subarctic Culture History and Archaeology __ Collection of resources about Arctic archaeology, not just North America but around the world. - From -

Bloody Falls __ "Bloody Falls are rapids located about 15 km above the mouth of the COPPERMINE RIVER in the central Arctic. ... At Bloody Falls, archaeologists discovered traces of Inuit occupation dating to about 1500 AD."  You will find a brief overview. - From -

Kenai Fjords Oral History and Archaeology Project __ "The Kenai Fjords Oral History and Archaeology Project has been designed in cooperation with tribal governments, Native corporations and the National Park Service to provide a maximum of both scientific and educational benefits."  You will find a fairly detailed look at this project. - From -

Port Refuge __ "Archaeology has shown that this bay has been occupied sporadically over the past 4000 years."  A brief article about this High Arctic site. - From -

Thule Tradition in the High Canadian Arctic - Thule __ An overview of Thule tradition along with links to additional resources. - From -

Whaling scene found in 3000-year-old picture[Russian Arctic] __ "Northern hunters may have been killing whales 3,000 years ago and commemorating their bravery with pictures carved in ivory. "  Learn about the world's oldest evidence of whaling. - illustrated - From - 

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British Columbia 

Archaeological Society of British Columbia __ Learn about this organization, it's goals and accomplishments. - From -

Archaeology in British Columbia - Government of British Columbia __ This website has information about the protection, conservation and public appreciation of British Columbia archaeological resources. - From -

BCAPA | British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists __ "British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists."  Learn about the organization, career opportunities, galleries and more. - illustrated - From -

British Columbia Culture History and Archaeology __ "Culture history, archaeological sites, and other information related to the past of the Canadian province of British Columbia."  Plus links to additional resources. - From -

Charlie Lake Cave __ "The Charlie Lake Cave site is one of only a few known archaeological sites in northern North America that date to before 10,500 years ago, and one of even fewer with a well preserved stratigraphic record of human activities."  Site history, photos and more. - illustrated - From -

Early Environments and Archaeology of Coastal British Columbia __ "Unlike un-glaciated regions such as the California and Oregon coast where late
Pleistocene shorelines are deeply drowned beneath modern sea levels, the glacially influenced NW Coast offers an array of opportunities to locate late Pleistocene archaeological sites and target the adaptation of humans at relatively narrow temporal windows." A PDF File - From -

Glenrose Cannery Site, British Columbia __ Learn about efforts to save this site.  "Glenrose Cannery is one of the earliest sites of the Northwest Coast, located on the coast of British Columbia near the Fraser River delta, close to Vancouver." - From -

Historical Villages of the Gitselasu __ You will learn about an ancient and important site. "Archaeological and ethnographic evidence suggests people have occupied the Kitselas Canyon area for at least 5,000 years." - illustrated - From -  

Kitwanga Fort __ "Kitwanga Fort, a Gitskan fortified village on the Kitwankul River in BC, was part of a complex trading network. In 1979 field research conducted at Kitwanga, combined with records of oral traditions, indicated that intertribal trade and warfare were common along the Northwest Coast."  A brief article. - From -

Kwaday Dän Sinchi, The Yukon Iceman __ "The body and artifacts (including the walking stick, a finely-woven cedar hat, a spear-thrower called an atlatl, and a leather pouch containing edible leaves and the remains of a fish) have now been flown to Whitehorse and put into a freezer room to prevent deterioration."  Learn about this important find. - From -

Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia __ "Welcome to the home page of the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia (UASBC). We are one of the largest avocational, underwater archaeological organizations in Canada." Learn about this underwater archaeology organization and its goals. - illustrated - From Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia - 

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General Resources 

Canadian Archaeological Association __ You will find a lot of information, resources, membership, goals and accomplishments. - From -

Category:Archaeology of Canada __ Index of Wikipedia articles related to Canadian archaeology. - From wikipedia -

Drowned Land Holds Clue to First Americans __ "Combining the skills of the late Jacques Cousteau and Louis Leakey, two Canadian researchers have gone off the deep end to address one of the biggest questions in anthropology: How did people first make their way to the Americas? Using sophisticated underwater techniques, the scientists have mapped out a now-flooded route that could have provided an entry point into the New World during the last ice age." - illustrated - From Science News Online -
Parks Canada - Archaeology at Parks Canada - Introduction __ A general look at archaeology in the Canadian parks. - illustrated - From -


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