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May 6, 2009

Archaeologists bring the past to the present when two tepees are put up in a hurry at Bodo during a friendly competition between Alberta and Saskatchewan delegates to an interprovincial conference. In front are some of the Saskatchewan visitors on Friday evening while behind are the Albertans hustling to catch up. Story in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.

Interprovincial Conference Showcases Archaeological Sites
An Alberta and Saskatchewan interprovincial archaeology conference was held in Bodo, April 30 to May 3. Over 135 professional and avocational archaeologists met to learn about an array of prehistoric and historic discoveries throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

The conference started with a wine and cheese reception hosted by the Provost & District Museum Society at the museum in Provost.  Although a few participants camped at Bodo, most stayed at motels in Provost and commuted to Bodo over the weekend. 

Saskatchewan’s  Minister of Tourism, Culture, Parks and Sport, Christine Tell addressed the crowd on Saturday morning. She referred to the interprovincial conference by saying that more is accomplished “by collaborating and sharing ideas.” She also said that “We realize the volunteers are the lifeblood of organizations like this” and added that “I share your curiosity about the past.” The tourism minister told The News that she had never been to Bodo.

Friday’s presentations wrapped up with the annual general meeting of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society and tours of the Bodo archaeological sites, followed by barbecued buffalo burgers and a friendly competition between Alberta and Saskatchewan teams to raise two large tepees now situated at Bodo. Each tepee will sleep 20 people and overnight camping will now be added to the educational trips planned for school students.

Saturday concluded with the annual general meeting of the Archaeological Society of Alberta and the unveiling of Alberta’s new archaeology website (www.arkyalberta.com). At the close of the meeting, Elizabeth Mann and Leila Grobel, this year’s co-chairs of the Alberta Archaeological Society, turned the gavel over to Joanne Braaten, president of the Calgary Archaeological Centre, who will host next year’s Alberta conference in conjunction with the Canadian Archaeological Association.

The evening included a banquet and the awarding of Alberta’s Distinguished Service Award to Jim McMurchy of the

Lethbridge Archaeological Centre, followed by a presentation about Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod, Alberta and Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jack Brink and Ernie Walker highlighted the history of each and provided valuable insights into the growing pains of archaeological sites becoming major tourism attractions. Although both centres attract thousands of visitors annually, each offers unique experiences and the attractions have taken on a life of their own, the audience was told.    

The conference concluded on Sunday with the “rock’n” archaeological field trip south of Oyen to investigate a number of medicine wheels (Anderson Medicine Wheel No. 1 and No. 2), a newly discovered bison drive site, and other tepee rings and cairns in the area. President of the Bodo Archaeological Society, Kim Larson drove the van with 13 people and at Oyen picked up seven more for the field trip. Others took their own vehicles with a total of approximately 60 attending.

M.D. 52 councillor Tom Schneider, and town councillor Dwayne Chopek brought greetings to the delegates. (MP Leon Benoit and MLA Doug Griffiths who was to represent Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, Lindsay Blackett, were unable to attend due to illness).

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