Gold Series Volumes

Saahkómaapína (Boy Chief) – EeOv-68
Written by Thomas Head, Wendy Unfreed and Les Gorham.

A detailed site report of the excavations carried out by Bison Historical Services at the stratified, multi-component Middle Pre-Contact Period site located in south-central Alberta. In 1994, a group of six elders from the Siksika Nation choose to name the site after Saahkomaapina or Boy Chief. This report provides a picture of the site’s use. Beginning around 4500 BP, the site was occupied during the Late Mummy Cave, Oxbow, Hanna and Pelican Lake phases. 
Soft cover, 255 pages. 2003.  ISSN 1706-9505

The Mortlach Phase
Written by Dale A. Walde.

This dissertation has re-examined the latest precontact-early contact archaeological assemblages of Southern Saskatchewan and related material in northwestern Montana, northwestern North Dakota and southwestern Manitoba.  The Mortlach Phase, first proposed by Joyes (1973) and often questioned by other investigators, is redefined and offered again to the archaeological community.
Soft cover 165 pages. 2003. ISSN 1706-9505,  ISBN 978-0-9691030-3-4

The Miniota Site, An Avonlea Component in Southwestern Manitoba    
Written by  A. Landals, B. Kulle and D. Cockle. 

On behalf of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, Fedirchuk McCullough & Associates Ltd. conducted excavations at the Miniota Site, located in southwestern Manitoba. They  discovered that the site had one of the best-pesevered Avonlea phase occupations discovered in Manitoba. A rich array of cultural materials, including stone tools, ceramics, bone tools, and faunal remains were found in a occupational floor sealed by approximately 120 cm of sterile clay/silts deposited by the Assiniboine River. This site was interpreted as a single occupation residential camp occupied for several months, from mid-winter to early-spring.
Soft Cover, 180 pages, 2004. ISBN 978-0-9691030-4-2

Archaeological Investigations at the Junction Site (DkPi-2)     
Written by Wendy Unfreed and Stanley Van Dyke.

On behalf of Alberta Transportation and Utilities, Bison Historical Services Limited carried out a two year program of archaeological site mitigation at DkPi-2, the Highway 2/3 Junction Site, just west of Fort Macleod, Alberta.  It was occupied intermittently between 910 B.P. and 380 B.P. by groups assignable to the Old Women’s Phase.  The site was used for bison pounding, butchering, processing and habitation between late fall and early spring.  The site yielded over 1.25 million artifacts, including butchered bone, shell, lithic tools, bone tools, debitage, pottery and fire broken rock.
Soft Cover, 367 pages. 2005. ISBN 978-0-9691030-5-0

A Re-Evaluation of the Oxbow Dam Site (DhMn-1): Middle Holocene Cultural Continuity on the Northern Plains.  
Written by D’Arcy Clarke Green.

This thesis re-examines research conducted at the Oxbow Dam site (DhMn-1) in southeastern Saskatchewan in 1956, and new data collected in 1995/1996. The original material recovered was instrumental in defining the Oxbow cultural complex of the Northern Plains.  Research carried out between 1960-90s suggested that the assemblage did not fit directly into the complex, but instead, represented a transitional period from antecedent Mummy Cave  into an early example of Oxbow.  The recent fieldwork results indicate that the site actually has multicomponents and that the Oxbow material is from a relatively late campsite from this complex.
Soft Cover, 142 pages, 2005. ISBN 978-0-9691030-6-9 

Oldman River Dam Stone Features Study: Prehistoric Archaeology Mitigation Program Technical Series.               
Written by Barry J. Dau.

Between 1988 and 1990, Ethos Consultants Ltd. completed a study of stone features at the Oldman River Dam for Alberta Pubic Works.  During that time, a total of 19 sites that were located on the rims, walls, and floors of the Oldman, Castle, and Crowsnest River valleys were examined.  These sites contained a total of 272 stone circles, 14 cairns, 11 stone alignments, 1 effigy, and 1 large buried camp.  A total of 834.91 square meters were excavated and 191,305 pieces of cultural material were collected.  More than half of this excavation was concentrated on the buried camp (DjPm-115), a Late Prehistoric/Proto-Historic winter campsite.
Soft Cover, 271 pages, 2005. ISBN 978-0-9691030-7-7

Historical Resource Impact Assessment and Conservation Excavations at Cougar Ridge Off-Site Sewer Services.        
Written by Brian Vivian, Amanda Dow, and Brian O.K. Reeves.

In 2000, a Historical Resources Impact Assessment and Mitigative Archaeological Excavations were undertaken at the Cougar Ridge Off-Site Sewer Servicing Project located on the East Paskapoo Slopes south of the Bow River in the City of Calgary. This HRIA located and evaluated eight Precontact sites on the slopes. Mitigative excavations were carried out on four of these sites (EgPn-343, EgPn-589, EgPn-362, and EgPn-506) that could not be avoided. EgPn-343, 589, and 506 are campsites and EgPn-362 is a bison pound.
Soft Cover, 323 pages, 2006. ISBN 978-0-9691030-8-5 

A Reanalysis of the Long Creek Site: 45 Years after the Excavation.
Written by Marie Bryant.

The Long Creek Site was excavated in 1957 as part of an impact assessment of the Boundary Dam construction and subsequent reservoir. The site was the deepest stratified site that had been uncovered on the Northern Plains at the time of excavation. The cultural chronology at the site helped define the chronology for the entire northwestern Plains region. Archaeological investigations over the past 45 years have uncovered a wealth of knowledge, which when applied to the Long Creek assemblage, change our interpretation of it.
Soft Cover, 173 pages, 2007. ISBN 978-0-09810291-9-7

Oldman River Dam Prehistoric Archaeology Mitigation Program Campsites Study.  
Written by Stanley Van Dyke.

Archaeological investigations at the site of the Oldman River Reservoir were initiated in the mid 1960s. This report summarizes the campsites project, which involved the assessment and archaeological excavations at 23 prehistoric sites between the mid 1960s and 1990. There were 1,591.5 square meters excavated over the course of the program, resulting in the recovery of 343,349 artifacts. Excavations revealed more than 9,000 years of occupation of this area.
Soft Cover, 296 pages, 2008. ISBN 978-0-09810291-0-8

Oldman River Prehistoric Archaeology Mitigation Program Killsites Study.
Written by Alison Landals.

This volume presents the results of a three-year program of archaeological research undertaken at 21 sites within the reservoir of the Oldman River Dam. Landals summarized the results of the killsite mitigation program. DjPm-116 can be considered a large, classic, communal bison jump. DjPm-80 and DjPm-126 are considered Protohistoric single-use bison jumps, and the remaining killsites are much smaller and believed to represent small group and encounter hunting. Site DjPm-24 is interpreted as the remains of a frozen meat cache.
Soft Cover, 219 pages, 2009. ISBN 978-0-09810291-1-5 

The Everblue Springs Site and Early Transitional Bison Kill Sites of the Alberta Foothills 7,200 Years Ago.          
Written by Brian Vivian, Amanda Dow, Janet Blakey and Jason Roe.

This volume introduces three archaeological sites found on the outskirts of Calgary, which date between 7000 and 8000 years of age. The Everblue Springs Site (EgPn-700), the Gooseberry Kill (EgPn-625), and the Snack Site (EgPn-633) are all early bison kill sites found in association with an assemblage of large corner notched projectile points.  These three sites make a significant contribution to clarifying the nature of cultural adaptations on the Northern Plains in this early time, which is considered to be transitional between the early Paleoindian and the Middle Prehistoric periods.
Soft Cover, 294 pages, 2011. ISBN 978-0-09810291-2-2

Minds Across the Fourty-Ninth. Richard G. Forbis: Plains Archaeologist and Prehistorian                        
Edited by Leslie Davis, Brian Reeves and Joanne Braaten.

This publication is a collection of 14 papers (21 contributors) stemming out of a symposium in honour of Richard D. Forbis’s life and scholarly contributions held at the 57th annual Plains Anthropological Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Soft Cover, 319 pages, 2012. ISBN 978-0-09810291-4-6

The Lake Minnewanka Site: Patterns in Late    Pleistocene Use of the Alberta Rocky Mountains            
Written by Alison Landals

Excavation at the Lake Minnewanka site revealed 26 occupation events dated between 11,300 and 13,150 calibrated years BP. Cultural materials recovered at the site included stone tools and manufacturing flakes, bones of mountain sheep, hearths, and ochre. These remains contribute to our  understanding of early groups of people living in this region and the study of migration routes into North America.
Soft Cover 260 pages,  ISBN 978-0-9810291-5-3

The Last Fort Standing: Fort Vermilion and the Peace River Fur Trade 1798 – 1830               
Written by Heinz W. Pyszczyk

Fort Vermilion was part of a network of fur trade posts that extended from Lake Athabasca up the Peace River to Fort St. John, BC. In 1826 it was the last post standing. This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the results of the surveys and excavations carried out at the site. In addition, regional and temporal comparisons of fur trade sites provide invaluable insight into this important period.
Soft Cover, 590 pages, 2015 ISBN 978-0-9810291-6-0


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