The Spring and Summer of 2012 marked the inaugural year of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society’s ArchaeoCaravan. The ArchaeoCaravan was designed to assist Saskatchewan museums with their collections in terms of identification and interpretation and to educate school groups and the general public on the province’s archaeological heritage. During the first year, the ArchaeoCaravan visited school groups and museums in the West Central and Quill Plains Museum Networks.
A typical day with the ArchaeoCaravan included school groups during the day with a public event in the late afternoons and early evenings. It was usually set up outside or in the host museum and included an introductory lecture for the kids with activities such as atlatl throwing, rock art, pottery, etc. Displays were set up for the entire day and the public was encouraged to stop by with questions or unknown artifacts for identification. ArchaeoCaravan employees also toured the local museum and helped to identify artifacts as well as made recommendations on conservation and display.
The 2013 ArchaeoCaravan travelled through the Seneca Root, Parkland, Qu’Appelle Valley and South East Museum Networks!
In 2014, the ArchaeoCaravan visited communities and museums in the Heritage Heartland, Prairie Trails and South Central Museum Networks.
2015 marked our first journey into Northern Saskatchewan! The ArchaeoCaravan crew headed into the North West and River Valley Museum Networks.
In 2016, the ArchaeoCaravan will travel to northeastern Saskatchewan to visit communities and museums in the North East museum network! Here is the current list of locations that we’re travelling to this summer:
25 & 26: Star City Heritage Museum
28: Wild About Saskatoon Nature City Festival (Victoria Park)
1 & 2: Nipawin Living Forestry Museum
3: White Fox Museum
7: Tisdale & District Museum
8: Birch Hills & District Historical Society
9: Choiceland Historical Society
14: Hudson Bay Museum
15: Foam Lake Museum
17 & 18: Prince Albert Historical Society
20, 21 & 22: La Ronge
5: Shell Lake Museum
7: Bresaylor Heritage Museum
13: Melfort & District Museum
15: Waskesiu Heritage Museum
16: Lower Fishing Lake
17: Candle Lake
18: Great Blue Heron/Emma Lake
24: Northern Gateway Museum (Denare Beach)
25: Creighton Museum & Tourism Centre
Check out the map below to see when the ArchaeoCaravan will be in your area! For any additional information, please contact the SAS office.
Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting our ArchaeoCaravan program in 2016!