Archaeology group gathers to learn about Brazilian artifacts
Otis Crandell, who specializes in Sambaquis, or Brazilian shell mound sites, will speak at Trent
The Peterborough Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society presents Otis Crandell speaking on Sambaquis, (Brazilian shell mound sites) Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Gzowski College, Rm. 106, Trent University.
During his talk, Crandell will look at shell mound sites, known locally as sambaquis, in the coastal region of southern Brazil. Some of these sites date back 5,000 years with the youngest shell mounds created as recently as 1,200 years ago. There is much debate about the functions of these sites. Some are believed to be landmarks or monuments (the largest in Paraná state being more than 30 metres tall), while some appear to have had a short period of use and may have been connected to the nearby larger ones.
Crandell first studied anthropology at Laurentian University, with a particular interest in archeology. After graduating, he worked on field projects in Europe and Asia, conducted postgraduate research on Neolithic trade routes in Romania and was involved with ceramics analyses. For the past three years he has been working at prehistoric sites in southern Brazil, focusing most recently on shell mound sites.
This presentation is made possible through the support of the City of Peterborough and the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre. Members of the public are invited. For more information contact the chapter secretary, Dirk Verhulst, at dver[email protected]geco.ca.
Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is hosting an art and addiction/naloxone kit training event, a free professional development workshop for artists, arts leaders and volunteers on Oct. 15 at Sadleir House, 751 George St. N. Two sessions are available: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The space is fully accessible.
Co-designed with EC3 board member and local artist Alex Bierk, this workshop includes a roundtable discussion for artists, leaders, key staff and volunteers from Peterborough’s major arts, culture and heritage organizations to address addiction from an arts perspective, followed by training for the participants from harm reduction workers on how to administer naloxone. Kits will be provided.
According to the event listing on Facebook, speakers, who will share “their experiences and analysis of creativity, addiction and sobriety and their reflections on the opioid crisis,” include Alex Bierk (artist), Laurel Paluck (artist), Jeff Bierk (artist), Evan Brockest (Peterborough Drug Strategy) and Virginia Stammer. Gord Langill, director of programs and services at CMHA, is the moderator/facilitator.
Climate crisis talk
What can you do about the climate crisis? Sustainable Trent is hosting Gideon Forman, the transportation and climate analyst for the David Suzuki Foundation, Thursday at 11 a.m. at Enwayaang, First Peoples House of Learning, Rm. 117, Trent University. Forman, who will talk about the current climate crisis, is presently on a speaking tour visiting universities across the country.
Forman, who has a master’s degree in philosophy from McGill University and a certificate in renewable energy from the University of Toronto, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. A former executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, his expertise lies in climate policy, transportation and clean energy.
This event is free. Attendees will be entered in a door prize draw. Free food from the Seasoned Spoon will also be available.
For further information email Sustainable Trent at sustainable[email protected] or check the event page on Facebook under What You Can Do About the Climate Crisis.
Otis Crandell, shown here in the field, will discuss sambaquis at the archaeological society’s next meeting.