Department Seminar Series

Spring 2020 Seminar Series


Unless otherwise indicated, the seminars will take place 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the Department's seminar room in Saywell Hall on SFU's Burnaby Campus (SWH 9152)

This term organized by: Christina Giovas and Dave Burley.

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Changes to the schedule will be posted on the department’s website ( and Facebook page (

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Date Speaker Affiliation Title
Jan 09
Dave Burley Department of Archaeology, SFU The Chiefly Sport of Pigeon Snaring and its Role in the Dynastic Tongan Chiefdom
Jan 16 Dongya Yang Department of Archaeology, SFU Human Osteoarchaeology in China: Past, Present and Future
Jan 23 Adrian Bell Department of Anthropology, University of Utah Measuring the value of motifs as group signals: A new method and study from the Kingdom of Tonga
Jan 30
Ed Carrier and Dale Croes Suquamish Tribe, Washington State; Department of Anthropology, Washington State University Generationally-linked archaeology: Experimental Archaeology on the Northwest Coast of North America 
Feb 06 Farid Rahemtulla Dept. of Anthropology, University of Northern British Columbia Smokehouse Island: An Update on the Babine Archaeology Project
Feb 13 Paul Szpak Dept. of Anthropology, Trent University Isotopic Explorations of Holocene through Anthropocene Arctic Ecosystem
Feb 27 Katerina Harvati Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie, University of Tübingen The role of South-East Europe in human evolution: new results from the field and the lab
Mar 05 Rolf Mathewes Dept of Biology, SFU  Charcoal as proxy evidence for early human occupation at the Kilgii Gwaay site, southern Haida Gwaii
Mar 12 Barbara Winter and Bob Muir SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Pentlatch pebbles and the 2019 field school
Mar 19   Canceled  
Mar 26

Greg Dow 

SFU Economics The Origins of Inequality: Insiders, Outsiders, Elites, and Commoners
Apr 02 Jenny Adams Desert Archaeology, Inc., Tucson, AZ  Analytical Constructs for Identifying the Interactions of People with Their Stone Tools
Apr 09   TBD TBD

*In keeping with traditions, we’ll have raffle prizes (tickets $2 each or 3 for $5) and a bake sale. All profits go to the graduate caucus to help fund student travel and research.

The Archaeology Student Society book sale is back! These are books from retired faculty, donations, etc. New items will be added each week. Michael from the student society has kindly agreed to sell books at the back of the seminar room, before and after our weekly seminars.