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BCAPA Logowear

Please contact the BCAPA administrator to order your BCAPA t-shirt. These shirts are printed with the new BCAPA logo and are available in three sizes (Medium, Large, and XLarge), in a variety of colours and in both mens' and womens' styles. Cost is $20 and shipping is approximately $10. Partial profits will go towards BCAPA-sponsored awards. Payment should be forwarded to the BCAPA Admin Office.

Articles of Interest

CBC - March 30, 2017:

Archeological find affirms Heiltsuk Nation's oral history that settlement on B.C.'s Central Coast dated back to 14,000 years

CBC - October 16, 2016:

Kamloops archaeologist wants developers to call before they dig. Joanne Hammond wants the city to consider archaeological value before issuing construction permits.

Comox Valley Echo- January 22, 2016:

Research Reveals K’omoks People’s Advanced Fishing Methods a Thousand Years Ago

National Post - June 23, 2015:

Footprints found on a remote B.C. island could be 13,000 years old — the oldest in North America

Times Colonist - January 15, 2015:

Province Takes Lead in Buying Grace Islet Site of Burial

Upcoming Events

Canadian Archaeological Association

The CAA 2017 Organizing Committee is delighted to announce that the 50th annual meeting of the CAA will be held in Ottawa-Gatineau from May 10 to May 13, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by the Canadian Museum of History. More details are available on the CAA website (

2017 Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Underwater Archaeology Society for British Columbia (UASBC)

The UASBC holds regular meetings for their Vancouver and Victoria UASBC Chapters. At each meeting, the UASBC invites a guest speaker to give a presentation on various archaeological, exploration or diving topics. In addition to the Underwater Explorers Speaker Series, the UASBC also hosts its annual SHIPWRECKS Conference. This full day conference is a great opportunity to hear a number of different speakers, present on topics related to the theme of the year. Finally, from time to time the UASBC will hold a Special Event. The most well-known Special Event is the UASBC Wine & Cheese Social, which is an opportunity to celebrate the UASBC’s recent successes, as well as a time to honour their donors and announce the UASBC Volunteer of the Year. Many of these events are open to the general public. More details are available on the UASBC events page (

Archaeology Society of British Columbia (ASBC)

The ASBC publishes an illustrated quarterly, The Midden, with articles and news on British Columbia’s archaeology. Contact the ASBC if you are interested in receiving a subscription.
Occasionally, the ASBC will organize field trips where members can volunteer to either assist in professionally sponsored excavations or participate in laboratory work. More details are available on the ASBC website (

2017 Dr. Leonard Charles Ham Student Bursary Announcement

The 2017 BCAPA Student Bursary Award is named in honor of the late Dr Lenoard C. Ham who passed away on March 22, 2016 at the age of 69. Len was well known and liked in the archaeology community. Len was always willing to open his archives or share his vast knowledge of the Lower Mainland area if asked.
The purpose of the bursary is to assist a student to attend a BC field school.

Information regarding the bursary and application forms for 2017 are available on the Awards Committee page.

Educational Opportunities

Beginning in September 2016, the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in BC will initiate a Professional Master's Degree in Heritage Resource Managment (HRM). This program has been designed for students holding a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) who are or who have been involved in the HRM industry for two or more years. For more information click the link below:

Professional Master's in Heritage Resource Management

University of Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen in Scotland has developed a new MSc Archaeology of the North. This new program focuses on the investigation of the material cultural and heritage of the far northern hemisphere with an emphasis on colonization and culture contact, lifeways and world views. For more information click the links below:

University of Aberdeen Archaeology

MSc Archaeology of the North Information Sheet

Upcoming Field Schools

A number of field schools are taking place in BC this summer. If you would like to advertise a fieldschool on this site please contact the website committee at

UNBC Babine River Field School, July 4 - August 18, 2017

The UNBC Department of Anthropology and the Lake Babine Nation are offering an archaeology field school in the summer of 2017. More details are available on the website.

UVIC Barkley Sound, Western Vancouver Island, July 3-August 11, 2017

The department of Anthropology at UVic will be running an archaeology field school in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories on western Vancouver Island in the summer of 2017. More details are available on the website.