Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale and his archaeology field school students in the Slocan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, were featured in an article in The Nelson Star (British Columbia) on July 28.
The group has spent several weeks excavating at the Slocan Narrows Village in an effort to learn the age of the pithouses there. Radiocarbon dating — based on the decay of radioactive isotopes — suggests the village was occupied intermittently beginning 3,000 years ago, and as recently as 200 years ago — about the time of European contact with local First Nations.
The newspaper reported that more than 350 people attended a recent open house at the site. According to the article, “Goodale says his goals are to document the archaeology of First Nations in the Slocan Valley, help preserve cultural heritage, and educate students and local residents about the area’s history and prehistory.”
This year 11 Hamilton and two Selkirk College students are enrolled. The six-week course trains students in the principles of archaeology field work as well as the heritage and culture of the indigenous peoples of the interior Pacific Northwest.