Further to the APANB-AAPNB Statement on the Ongoing Work in Officers’ Square, Downtown Fredericton

We thank the City of Fredericton for sharing with the APANB Board of Directors information about the archaeological program for the ongoing City development/construction work being undertaken near and within the grounds of Officers’ Square in downtown Fredericton. It is evident to the APANB Board that the City has complied with the permitting and methodological conditions required by the provincial Archaeological Services Branch, with whom regulatory authority resides. We sincerely appreciate the City’s openness and cooperation.

APANB-AAPNB Board of Directors

APANB-AAPNB Statement on the Ongoing Work in Officers’ Square, Downtown Fredericton

In response to ongoing archaeological work at Officers’ Square in Downtown Fredericton the APANB-AAPNB board has issued a statement, available here: APANB-AAPNB_OfficersSquare.

As indicated in that statement, we presently have limited information. Nonetheless, as the project receives ongoing attention we thought it was important to let the membership and the public know that we are actively monitoring the situation and to call for transparency.

As always we encourage members to make their voices heard to the APANB board through our website, social media, or email address (apanb.aapnb@gmail.com)



Sara Beanlands, MA

David Black, PhD

Trevor Dow, BA Hons.

Ken Holyoke, MA, RPA

Gabe Hrynick, PhD, RPA

The Board of Directors Welcomes Sara Beanlands, thanks Cora Woolsey!

Please join the Board of Directors of the APANB-AAPNB in welcoming Sara Beanlands (Principal, Senior Archaeologist and Historian, Boreas Heritage Consulting) as our new Secretary for the remainder of the Board term to fall 2019. Welcome Sara!

We also want to thank Cora Woolsey for her excellent service and the initiatives she spearheaded in time she served on the Board. Cora has accepted a post-Doctoral position as Research Coordinator at the Department of Nursing, University of New Brunswick. Congratulations Cora!

These changes took place as a result of our By-Laws (Section V) which prevent an agency from being represented by more than two people on the Board and more than one person on the Executive. In accepting her new position, Cora offered her resignation to the Board pending the appointment of a new Secretary. At our April 28, 2018 Annual General Meeting, Sara was nominated from the floor and voted into the position unanimously by all Members present.

Thank you both again, and thank you to all the Members who were able to attend in April!


Pints & Perspectives: Graduate Student Speaker Series – April 12, 2018

4:30PM, The UNB Grad House/Windsor Castle Bar (676 Windsor St, Fredericton, NB)

The Faculty of Arts and the GSA present the second edition of their graduate student speaker series featuring MA Anthropology candidate and APANB Student Member Chris Shaw and PhD English candidate Rebecca Salazar.

Rebecca’s talk is entitled “Make kin, not babies:” poems on queer kinship and climate change. Chris’ work focuses on modeling prehistoric Wabanaki canoe routes and travel times among archaeological sites in GIS and was recently featured on CBC! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/wabanaki-canoe-routes-mapping-1.4601748

Join us for these two short research talks followed by opportunities to ask questions, chat, all while enjoying a tasty beverage at the Grad House!

APANB-AAPNB Ltd. Annual General Meeting – Saturday April 28, 2018

AGENDA: APANB-AAPNBLtd._AGM Agenda_April282018

This is to announce that our next biannual Membership meeting will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Fredericton Inn, at 1315 Regent Street (Prince Edward Room).  This will be a one-day meeting.  The final agenda is attached.  Coffee and snacks will be provided at the meeting; however, lunch will not be provided.  The location of the Fredericton Inn provides numerous nearby options for lunch!

As usual, the morning will be the Association Membership business meeting, for members (or those renewing their membership).  As you all know, our annual membership runs from April 1 to March 31, so please take the opportunity to attend our meeting and renew your membership (membership form attached).

One important item to be addressed during our morning business meeting is the pending vacancy of the Board Executive Secretary position.  This has come about because our current Secretary, Cora Woolsey, has just this month accepted a postdoctoral position with UNB.  (Congratulations Cora!)  In accordance with our Bi-laws, the Executive cannot have more than one person from an institution.  As you know, our Vice-president, Gabriel Hrynick, is a professor at UNB.  So, if you are an eligible Member and would like to serve as Secretary, please put your name forward before, or at, the meeting on April 28th.

For the afternoon portion of the meeting, which is open to the public, we have three scheduled presentations.  The presenters are:  Philip Taber, Librarian, UNB (“Copyright Law and the Dissemination of Your Research”), Christopher Shaw, M.A. Candidate, Anthropology, UNB (“A GIS Approach to Ancestral Wabanaki Canoe Routes and Travel Times”), and Cora Woolsey, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, UNB (“The Gaspereau Lake Reservoir Ceramic Assemblage: Shifting Technologies to Meet Increasing Demands at the Transition to the Late Woodland Period”).  We are also lucky to have a number of UNB Master’s students agree to display their archaeological research posters at our meeting.  The students on hand to discuss their posters and opportunities to do so have been made in the meeting schedule.

As usual, if you think some of your friends or colleagues, who are not presently members, would like to attend (or better yet join our Association), please invite them to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on April 28th!


Your Board of Directors/Executive Committee
527 Dundonald Street – Suite 126
Fredericton, NB
E3B 1X5


AIA New Brunswick Lecture April 6, 2018 “Terracotta Warriors After the First Emperor” – Dr. Allison Miller

Please find at the link below information for an upcoming AIA lecture by Dr. Allison Miller (Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas): Terracotta Warriors After the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han.

Abstract: The First Emperor’s (r. 221-210 BCE) terracotta army has captured the world’s attention since its first discovery in the 1970s. The thousands of marionette-like figures standing in formation testify to an administration that had achieved unprecedented military power. The First Emperor’s famous assemblage, however, was not the last terracotta army to be commissioned. His original assemblage inspired a long line of clay armies in the Western Han dynasty (202 BCE-9 CE). This presentation will examine these new army figurines and their relationship to the Qin precedent, reflecting on their unique style and considering what the armies reveal about warfare and politics in China’s first long-lasting empire.

The lecture will be held Friday, April 6th (7:30 PM) at the New Pavilion, Beaverbrook Art Gallery and is FREE to the public!




W. Jesse Webb MA Thesis Defense – March 28, 2018

MA Oral Examination: W. Jesse Webb (APANB member!)

Event Date(s): March 28, 2018

Time(s): 01:30 PM – 04:00 PM


Location: Department of Anthropology, University of New Brunswick, Annex C  Room 31, Fredericton

Event Details:

The thesis title is ‘A Late Maritime Woodland Peskotomuhkati Fishery from the Mainland Quoddy Region, Southwestern New Brunswick, Canada.’

Abstract: The nature of precontact Indigenous fisheries, as well as their significance to subsistence economies, seasonal mobility, and diachronic cultural change, remain relatively underdeveloped in the archaeology of the Maritime Peninsula. This can be attributed to unevenness in the regional dataset, differential preservation, recovery bias, and an historic tendency to privilege mammal remains in zooarchaeological analyses. This thesis presents an analysis of a precontact fishery from BgDs-15, a small shell-bearing site located on the northern mainland of Passamaquoddy Bay, southwestern New Brunswick, Canada. Several hundred bones recovered during the 2004 field excavations and over 3,000 fish remains from midden column and bulk feature samples were examined. Multiple lines of complementary evidence, including taxonomic composition, relative abundances, skeletal element frequency, seasonality, and the ethnohistoric record are examined to produce a high-resolution analysis of the BgDs-15 fishery and provide insight into ancestral Peskotomuhkati settlement-subsistence strategies during the Late Maritime Woodland period (ca. 1350–550 BP).

New Board of Directors and Executive

Hello Members!

We are pleased to announce the formation of the new Board of Directors and Executive, and welcome the new President of the APANB-AAPNB, Darcy Dignam!

We are also welcoming four new members to the Board (Dr. Gabe Hrynick [Vice President], Dr. Cora Woolsey [Secretary], Trevor Dow [Treasurer], and Dr. David Black [Board Member]) alongside a returning (former Exec.), Ken Holyoke (Board Member).

The Board looks forward to working for the Association through our term (to November 2019) and please feel free to contact anytime (apanb.aapnb@gmail.com).

Stay tuned for the announcement of new Association initiatives and our Spring General Business Meeting to be held in April 2018 (exact date and location TBD).