Earlier this week I did a flintknapping demo at Memorial University of Newfoundland for the Archaeology 2480 students. The instructor, Amanda Crompton, took this photo and submitted a brief write-up to the department website, which you can view here: Archaeologist Tim Rast demonstrates flintknapping techniques to students. If you're in St. John's you may recognize Amanda's name because she is giving an NLAS talk at The Rooms next Wednesday evening (Nov 12, 7PM) called "FINDING THE CHAPEAU ROUGE: THE HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF FRENCH SETTLEMENT IN PLACENTIA BAY BEFORE 1720", and if you're a member of the Canadian Archaeological Association, then you may recognize Amanda's name as the Conference Chair of the 2015 CAA Conference being held in St. John's at the end of April.
Me and my camera
Speaking of the CAA conference, I have some overdue news to report from the 2014 Conference held in London, Ontario. I won a Canadian Archaeology Association YouTube Award! Its for the video clips that I made last spring talking about the Dorset Palaeoeskimo drum reproductions and the sequence of markings that adorn the drum frame. I was nominated by Matt Betts and the award was sponsored by the Canadian Museum of History. I wasn't able to attend the conference for the announcement or to receive the prize, which was waiting for me in a pile of post-fieldwork and post-Italy mail. The awards committee let me know about the prize shortly before the conference, which was when I was gearing up for the field, so I pre-emptively spent the prize money on a new camera. It seemed appropriate, since my last camera died while I was visiting the Canadian Museum of History in the spring to research the Dorset drums. I bought a Nikon Coolpix P600 and I've used it to take almost all of the photos shown on this blog since June.