Welcome to the Archaeology Society of Alberta

The Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) comprises over 300 members living across Alberta and beyond. There are six Centres (Bodo, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and Southeastern), each with their own elected officials. These centres host a speaker series, workshops, fieldtrips, and other events. Click on the Centre nearest you in the above menu for information about their activities.

The ASA holds an Annual General Meeting and conference each spring, and publishes a biannual report called the Alberta Archaeological Review. We also have a general newsletter that highlights some of our activities. Follow the menu links above for more information about our ASA publications, the conference, our mandate, our centres, and other ASA resources.

We also have our own YouTube Channel called Alberta Archaeology. Click here to check it out!

Our joint ASA/CAA conference has been postponed to 2022. Information about this conference can be found under the Conferences tab.

The Archaeological Society of Alberta encourages everyone to take preventative measures against the virus, including practicing proper hygiene procedures, physical distancing, and self-isolation if you feel ill. We also encourage you to stay connected with your family and friends using virtual tools like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. Keep yourself connected to archaeology by reading our latest Newsletter and exploring the links on our website (click on the Publications tab). Many ASA centres have virtual activities planned. Be sure to watch for announcements and notices from your regional centre. There are many archaeological discoveries and sites to get excited about. Please share what you ‘discover’ online with others.

On behalf of the Archaeological Society of Alberta, we want to express our sorrow at the discovery of the remains of children at the Kamloops residential school in the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in British Columbia. The further discoveries of graves at other residential schools across Canada shows how widespread this tragedy was and contines to be.

This sobering situation should cause pause. It is important to remember the thousands of children and families directly impacted by Canada’s residential school system. These discoveries are a powerful reminder of how this dark and shameful time in Canada’s history still resonates today and into the future. Indigenous communities still continue to face challenges as we walk the difficult path to reconciliation. Some of our archaeological colleagues, such as Eldon Yellowhorn and Kisha Supernant, have been working for many years to bring the brutality that occurred at these schools to light and we want to reaffirm our commitment to seeking an end to the violence perpetrated through settler colonialism.

These atrocities alert us to our responsibility and commitment to seek an end to all forms of settler colonial violence and ongoing racism. In addition to delivering on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it is important that the stories of those who suffered and continue to suffer from this violence are told and that our community remembers.

We encourage you to have an open discussion about these tragic discoveries and the impacts residential schools had on Indigenous peoples. Let us all actively listen to their needs and offer support in whatever way we can.