Welcome to the first blog entry for the Shíshálh Archaeological Research Project blog. Over the coming months you can expect tons of great posts about our project and crew. But first a little background, the project is the result of a fantastic collaboration between the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the University of Toronto and the Shíshálh First Nation. It is co-directed by Dr. Terence Clark and Dr. Gary Coupland.
In previous years, we have focused on shoreline site survey, household archaeology, village and camp site excavation, mortuary archaeology, and youth training. This year we will be digging primarily at the site of Trail Bay in the heart of Sechelt, BC. The focus of these excavations will be to shed more light on this important village location and to work closely with the Shíshálh community. Although we have run Aboriginal youth training programs before, this year’s will literally be in the student’s backyards. This should give the rest of the Shíshálh community a chance to see and engage in an archaeological dig.
We will be continuing the “paperless” archaeology approach my colleague Dr. Matthew Betts employed last year in his highly successful E’se’get Archaeology Project in Nova Scotia. You can expect several posts about the trials and tribulations of using iPads in the sun and rain and dirt of a Northwest Coast shell midden. Fingers crossed the technology works as well for us as it did for Matt.
To get a sense of the project here are a few pics from previous years.