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 Examiner - - LOCAL - Carolyn McCon­nell Northcrest_­col­[email protected]­hoo.ca

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.

Nalox­one train­ing

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.

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

Otis Cran­dell, shown here in the field, will dis­cuss sam­baquis at the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal so­ci­ety’s next meet­ing.

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