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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

 As part of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is proud to announce a major renewal in our gallery. Throughout the Fall 2015 semester, students from Arch 348 - Archaeological Conservation, along with our research associates have put together a number of new exhibits.

NEW EXHIBIT: HISTORIC GLASS

Glass can be a misunderstood aspect of historical archaeology. Often noted as junk (which, to be fair, at time of disposal it usually was), archaeologists can still utilize all types of glass such as bottle, jewelry, window, etc., to tell us more about the medicine, beverages, food, and glass-making methods of the past. If you are interested, make sure to stop by and take a peek at this exhibit.

New Exhibit: Bringing the Tse'K'wa Collection Home

The Tse’K’wa Collection Exhibit is a visual display of the engagement of SFU students with Mr. Donaldson's collection, as they organized the artifacts from buckets and bins to reposit-ready and highlights it’s eventual repatriation to the Treaty 8 Tribal Association. After its return to the Peace River, the collection will be part of the first collection of the new Tse'K'wa Interpretive Centre at Charlie Lake.

New Exhibit: Conservation on a Miniature Scale

Each of the 17 Bolivian dolls on exhibit were carefully examined and documented in order to determine what needed to be done to consolidate, and conserve these dolls. Can you see the fine netting Debbie placed over the decaying silk? Can you tell the difference between the reconstructed faces and hair and the originals? The results of many hours, focus and careful concentration in the best lighting possible, are now on display.;

New Exhibit: Go Geocaching! 

Thanks to Department of Archaeology graduate student, Kelly Brown, the MAE has a new and exciting geocaching exhibit to participate in! Geocaching is an activity where, using the official Geocaching app on your phone, you follow GPS coordinates to locations where people have hidden trinkets, notes, and more. Our geocache exhibit is live on the app. 

New Exhibit: Homo naledi

Homo naledi, the recently discovered new species of ancient hominin found in South Africa, is one of the most intriguing finds of last year. Dr. Marina Elliot, an SFU alumna who participated in the suspenseful cave excavation, gave these 3D models to the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. 3D models allow for an interactive element in museums, giving people the chance to touch and compare these ancient human bones to theirs. Feel free to ask a museum employee for a closer look at these models! This exhibit was possibly the first to put H. naledi on display. 

New Exhibit: Canoes, Lifeways, Waterways

This exhibit displays the following designs: the dugout canoe, the northern canoe, the west coast canoe, the baidarka, the birch bark canoe, and the racing canoe. Models of canoes can offer a unique insight into the history and construction of canoes across the Pacific Northwest.  At times, model canoes are the only record of specific watercraft and the methods used in their construction.

New Exhibit: Wayang Kulit, Mastering the Shadows

The SFU MAE has a large collection of Indonesian shadow puppets (wayang kulit), a portion of which are newly on exhibit. These shadow puppets are intricately crafted and have detailed design. The shadow puppets are characters from Ramayan, the story of the battle between good and evil. Made from paper, the real magic of these puppets are the shadows they cast. They are an important and long-standing element of Indonesian culture and tradition. 

New Exhibit: Plains Regalia

For SFU's 50th anniversary in 2015, Tiinesha Begaye and Hilary Pennock created an exhibit of this magnificent Plains beaded costume. Hilary and Tiinesha cleaned the costume, repaired the beading, modified a mannequin to conservation standards, mounted the costume on the mannequin and wrote the interpretive text for the large display. A big project, well done!

New Exhibit: Rocks to Rockets

While humans were evolving biologically, we were also developing various technologies, like fire and clothing, that improved our ability to adapt to our environment. Among these technologies were ones that allowed us to propel heavy or sharp projectiles to hunt animals for food.

New Exhibit: Mammoths of North America

Teeth, tusks, bones—how do scientists reconstruct the lives and appearance of mammoths from the skeletons left behind in the ground? 'Mammoths of North America' displays real mammoth fossils from the Museum’s collection and explains how each piece of evidence recovered contributes to our knowledge of the individual and species as a whole.

AWARDS

2009 World Summit Award (UNESCO/UN), Winner in the e-Culture and Heritage category, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2009 Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Educational Website Category, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 Applied Arts Magazine - Interactive Annual, Winner in Educational Website Category, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 Festival International de la Audiovisuel & du Multimedia sur le Patrimoine ICOM/UNESCO Grand Prix for best world heritage website, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 Columbus International Film and Video Festival - Silver Chris Award for best overall interactive online experience, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 University and College Designers Association - Silver in Electronic Media Category for Entire Website, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 Digital Education Achievement Award, Center for Digital Education and Center for Digital Government - Winner in Learning and Engagement Category, "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 Horizon Interactive Awards - Gold in University/College Website category for "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2008 CNIE/RCIE Media Festival Winner - Award of Excellence in the Post-Secondary/Interactive category "A Journey into Time Immemorial"
2007 Web Marketing Association Standard of Excellence "Hola Canada! The Latin American Collections at the Simon Fraser Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology"
2008 Summit International Awards - Gold for Educational Institution Website ""Hola Canada! Latin American Collections from the Simon Fraser University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology"
2007 American Design Awards - Gold for "Hola Canada! Latin American Collections from the Simon Fraser University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology"
2005 VIDFEST Award (Vancouver International Digital Festival) Best educational website "A Journey to a New Land"
2005 University and College Designers Association - Excellence in Electronic Media Category for Entire Website, "A Journey to a New Land"
2005 The Best of Web, Digital Education Achievement Award, Center for Digital Education and Center for Digital Government Educational website "A Journey to a New Land"
2005 Canadian Archaeological Association Educational Achievement Award Educational website "A Journey to a New Land"
2005 American Design Awards - Gold for "A Journey into a New Land"

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Saywell Atrium, off Saywell Hall
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6

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