The Society does not hold regular meetings during the months of June, July, August, and December.

Monthly meetings are usually held at 7:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month (note: not the last Tuesday of the month; on rare occasions there are five). Our usual meeting place is Theatre A in the Burke Building at Saint Mary’s University. (the Burke Building is “B” on this campus map)

The Society holds special events throughout the year in addition to its popular monthly lecture series, check back here often for details!

2014 – 2015 Regular Monthly Lecture Series

The regular monthly lectures are free and the public is welcome!

Regular date and time: the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

Regular Location: Saint Mary’s University, Burke Building, Theatre A

Thursday, November 19, 2015 ― 7:30 PM — Please note special date

The Copper Project — The Geochemical Provenance of Pre-Contact Copper Artifacts  from the Gaspereau Lake Reservoir, Nova Scotia: Analytical Approaches, Challenges and Interpretation

Presented by: Jacob Hanley (Geology Dept. Chair, Saint Mary’s University),
Katie Cottreau-Robins
(Curator of Archaeology, Nova Scotia Museum)

Recent archaeological mitigation at the Gaspereau Lake Reservoir in Kings County, Nova Scotia has resulted in the recording of 21 Mi’kmaw archaeology sites, numerous associated features, and the excavation of nearly 300,000 artifacts. Within the GLR artifact collection there are a number of pre-contact and early contact copper artifacts. In fact, work at the GLR has resulted in more than doubling the number of copper artifacts in the provincial archaeology collection. With the marked increase in copper artifacts, researchers recognized an opportunity to study a largely unexplored component of Nova Scotia’s archaeological record. Interdisciplinary collaboration and advances in scientific analysis – principally Laser Ablation ICP-MS, a virtually non-destructive methodology- have been applied to determine the provenance of pre-contact copper from the GLR. Preliminary results reassert the importance of local copper to pre-contact period indigenous peoples of Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, and negate the Lake Superior model. The presentation describes the path of the “Copper Project” and its development from site-specific research to a regional study now incorporating all three Maritime Provinces.

The line-up of remaining public lectures for the coming fall, winter, and spring seasons is listed below. Some information may be subject to change.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 ― 7:30 PM — Please note special date

The Study of Pre-Contact Plant Use in the Maritime Provinces

Presented by: Dr. Michael Deal (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Analysis and results of recent field work. [Special location for this lecture: Atrium 101, SMU]

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 ― 7:30 PM

Playing the Laird on McNabs Island?
Historical Archaeological Evidence and the Early Colonial Landscape

Presented by: Vanessa Smith

Results of a recent investigation of available historical source materials.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 ― 7:30 PM

Parks Canada’s 2015 Archaeological Survey of Sable Island National Park Reserve: Results and Challenges

Presented by: Charles Burke (Parks Canada, Halifax)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 ― 7:30 PM

“Ye various advantages of Ground”: Applying GIS, Geophysics, and LiDAR in the Search for Lunenburg’s 18th and 19th Century Fortifications

Presented by: Dr. Henry Cary (Saint Mary’s University)
Candace MacDonald (Applied Geomatics Research Group, NSCC)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 ― 7:30 PM — Annual General Meeting

Digital 3D Modelling: Air- and Ground-Based Techniques for Exploring Sites, Buildings, and Landscapes

Presented by: Paul Illsley (Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC)

The NSAS encourages all members to attend the public lectures. Non-members are also most welcome, and feel free to bring friends.