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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In 2005, a unique resource to explore Saskatchewan's archaeological history was developed for the province's centennial celebration.  A Map of Saskatchewan Archaeology is a large, full-colour, double-sided poster, packed with information on the archaeology of our province.  The project was a collaborative effort between members of the Saskatchewan Association of Professional Archaeologists (SAPA) and the former Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation (now the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport).

Over 20,000 archaeological sites are displayed on the detailed, three-dimensional map of the Saskatchewan landscape.  As well, to promote cultural and heritage tourism, a number of archaeological sites and museums are recommended for public tours, providing insight into First Nations, Métis and European cultures of the past.  A timeline of human life in the province over the last 12,000 years is illustrated with sketches and photographs of artifacts and sites specific to Saskatchewan.

Over 3,000 free copies were distributed to schools across Saskatchewan.  The map is also available for sale at locations in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Morse, Gravelbourg and SaskTourism kiosks.  Proceeds from the map will help SAPA fund additional archaeological projects in our province.

Funding for this project was provided by both government and corporate bodies, including the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, Golder Associates, SaskPower, Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Western Heritage Services Inc.



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