Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology
Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology

Conference & Annual Meeting

CNEHA 2016, Ottawa, Ontario

CNEHA’s 2016 annual meeting will be held at the Lord Eglin Hotel and at City Hall in downtown Ottawa from Friday October 7th to Sunday October 9th, 2016. The theme for this year’s conference is CNEHA at 50 - Past, Present, and Future. with sessions examining where northeast historical archaeology has gone and where it might be headed. Proposed tours include visits to the Diefenbunker, Canada’s premier underground Cold War site, the National Museum of Canadian History (formally the Museum of Civilization), the Canadian War Museum, and Parliament Hill. Come celebrate CNEHA at 50, enjoy a northern Thanksgiving, and take advantage a great location to see Canada’s National Capital.

Le congrès annuel du CNEHA aura lieu à l’hôtel Lord Elgin ainsi qu’à l’hôtel de ville d’Ottawa du vendredi 7 octobre au dimanche 9 octobre 2016. Le thème du congrès cette année est : Le CNEHA a 50 ans – son passé, son présent, et son avenir. Nous profiterons de l’occasion pour présenter des sessions examinant ce que l’archéologie du nord-est a accompli, et ce que pourrait lui réserver l’avenir. Nous proposons des visites au Diefenbunker, le musée canadian de la guerre froide, au musée canadien de l’histoire (anciennement le musée des civilisations), au musée canadien de la guerre et à la Colline du parlement. Venez célébrer les 50 ans du CNEHA, vivez la saison de l’action de grâce dans le nord et profitez de l’occasion pour visiter l’endroit unique qu’est la capitale nationale du Canada.

Workshop and Tour Descriptions

WORKSHOP Presented by Charles Bradley
Friday, October 7th, 2016 10:00am to 12:00pm. Limited to 25 participants.

This workshop is designed to aid archaeologists in the identification and analysis of uniform, arms and accoutrement furniture, categories that can prove instrumental in identifying and dating archaeological assemblages on military sites. The workshop will provide consistent terminology as well as date ranges. It will also include strategies incorporating other relevant artifact categories in order to establish viable avenues in the interpretation of structures as well as develop a more comprehensive picture of life within the garrison community. The emphasis will be on the British Army in North America. Participants are encouraged to bring artifacts (or images) for discussion.

Friday, October 7th, 2016 9:00am to 5:30pm. Limited to 30 participants.

This day-long tour begins at the Canadian War Museum with presentations on the Museum Mandate and Collections Policies by James Whitham, Director of Collections; followed by a Special Visit Tour of Pre-Confederation Exhibitions with Dr Peter MacLeod. Participants will then have 30 minutes of free time to browse other exhibits or the Museum Store before departing at noon for the Canadian Museum of History. Lunch is on your own. Take advantage of the museum’s three restaurants: the Bistro Boréal, the Voyageurs Cafeteria, and the Café Express, or explore the cafés and bistros near the museum. The tour of the museum will begin at 1:30pm with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s Archaeology Collection followed by a presentation of the new History Hall Exhibits opening in 2017. Participants will have the remainder of the afternoon to explore museum exhibits, visit the Museum Store, or relax, until departure for the Lord Elgin Hotel at 5:00pm.

Parliament Hill and Ottawa Locks Guided Tour
Friday, October 7th, 2016 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Limited to 30 participants.

Discover the history of Canada’s capital city through a guided walking tour of Parliament Hill and Ottawa Locks, Rideau Canal. Led by archaeologists Hugh Daechsel and Suzanne Plousos, the tour will delve into Ottawa’s riveting history from an archaeological perspective. Come learn about the military occupation of Barrack’s Hill (Parliament Hill), the development of Bytown (Ottawa) and the extraordinary lock station where craft rise 24m (79 ft) from the Ottawa River to enter the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site. Also included is a guided tour of the iconic Centre Block, home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament.

Diefenbunker National Historic Site: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Sunday, October 9th, 2016 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Limited to 40 participants

As the Cold War smouldered and nuclear arms proliferated, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker commissioned the construction of a series of bunkers across Canada. Built in secret, their function was to co-ordinate military action and government relief in the aftermath of nuclear attack. Relive this era of escalating tension and paranoia as you descend four levels deep into the 100,000 square foot, underground bunker, built between 1959 and 1963 to serve as Canada’s Emergency Government Headquarters. This extraordinary engineering structure could withstand a 5 megaton nuclear blast and was equipped with food and rations for 535 people for 30 days. Explore the 1960’s period War Cabinet Room, barrack rooms, cafeteria, operating room, broadcast centre and Bank of Canada vault and ponder how CNEHA may not have survived had events unfolded differently.

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