From November 9-11, 2018 the Ontario Archaeological Society will be hosting their 45th Annual Symposium in Chatham, Ontario. The conference will explore the theme of "Connections and Pathways through the Past." Come and explore the historic "Forks" of the Thames River and MacGregor Creek, a meeting place for Indigenous people, War of 1812 battle site, connection point on the Underground Railroad and mecca of early Black settlement. The symposium's papers reflect all aspects of Chatham-Kent's diverse heritage and highlight the theme of connections and pathways, between the past and present, regional centres, archaeologists and the public, archaeology and history, Canada and the United States.
Confirmed sessions include:
Conference sessions will be held at the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Center, 565 Richmond Street, Chatham.
The 2018 OAS Symposium logo represents the confluence of communities participating in this year's events. The Medicine Wheel is the foundation of the logo, reminding us of the breadth of our subject matter and the continuum of Indigenous stewardship of the land. The four blue diamonds within a black square represent the Underground Railroad quilt code for crossroads, symbolizing both a safe haven and a critical time in life when hard decisions are made and we must be willing to move forward to our destination.
The crossroads symbolize convergence and hope for positive change. In quilt code, the crossroads was also used to represent Cleveland, Ohio, a last stop on the Underground Railroad that offered multiple routes and pathways to Canada. In the center of the image, the OAS logo sits next to the "Forks of the Thames" representing Chatham and situates our proceedings geographically.