Darren Tanke pre­sent­ing as Speaker Se­ries con­tin­ues

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The March 9 ses­sion of the 2017 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Darren Tanke, Prepa­ra­tion Tech­ni­cian at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum, en­ti­tled “Palaeon­tol­o­gists Can Be Ar­chae­ol­o­gists: Use of Palaeon­to­log­i­cal Plas­ter Jack­et­ing Tech­niques to Col­lect an Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Fea­ture from Head Smashed-In Buf­falo Jump, Al­berta.”

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy as­sisted the Royal Al­berta Mu­seum on two ma­jor ar­chae­o­log­i­cal projects in the sum­mer of 2016. The first, near Elk Point, was the re­cov­ery of part of a stone hearth from the Fort Ge­orge trad­ing post from about 1792. The sec­ond project, at Head­S­mashed-In Buf­falo Jump Park near Fort Macleod, was the re­cov­ery of a 1,300-yearold First Na­tions roast­ing pit com­plete with skele­tal re­mains of an un­eaten meal.

Al­though both ar­chae­ol­o­gists and palaeon­tol­o­gists dig into the ground for ar­ti­facts or spec­i­mens, the dis­ci­plines dif­fer in many ways in their field ex­trac­tion tech­niques.

In his talk, Tanke ex­plains how he trained the ar­chae­ol­o­gists in di­nosaur skele­ton col­lect­ing tech­niques and how to make large plas­ter field jack­ets to re­cover large ar­chae­o­log­i­cal fea­tures — a first for this type of col­lab­o­ra­tion in Canada. Both projects posed some unique tech­ni­cal chal­lenges that Tanke had to solve on the spot us­ing his nearly forty years of field ex­pe­ri­ence with the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. They are held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Past Speaker Se­ries talks are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube. com/user/Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum

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