Société d'archéologie de l'uOttawa – uOttawa Archaeology Society

Archaeology Day – October 5th, 2014 –

On October 5th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m  come and join the University of Ottawa Archaeology Society at the Museum of Classical Antiquity on the third floor of Desmarais.

There will be interactive stations for you to enjoy including:

Artefact classifications, dig-in-a-box, cleaning of artefacts and much more!

This is open to absolutely everyone in the community and we hope to see you there!


Scholarship forms due April 11th

Hey everyone!

Tomorrow the forms for the 2013-2014 Dig Scholarship are due if you have not already submitted your application do so now before time runs out! If you still have not filled out an application you can do so by grabbing the form here [Dig Scholarship.]

Good Luck!

The UOAS Executive

Dig Scholarship

The University of Ottawa Archaeological Society (uOAS) invites applications to full-time and part-time students interested in archaeology and taking archaeology courses at the University of Ottawa and/or is planning on going to an archaeological field school for academic credits.





  • Not every applicant is guaranteed a scholarship as there are not enough funds available. The scholarship value is $500.00.
  • All applications will be evaluated and assessed by a scholarship committee selected by the University of Ottawa Archaeological Society executive.
  • All applicants will be informed of decisions by e-mail within two weeks of any set deadlines and once all applications have been reviewed. All decisions are final.
  • Please fill out the form correctly to insure proper review.




  • Each applicant must be a registered full-time or part-time student at the University of Ottawa who will be attending an archaeological field school for academic credit.
  • Each Applicant must be in need of financial assistance.
  • Each Applicant should demonstrate some level of community service, which could include volunteering for the uOAS or its partners.
  • Fill out your application form completely.
  • Provide a letter of intent explaining why you feel you deserve this scholarship. This letter should also include the details of the field school you will be attending.
  • Proof that you will be participating in the field school (such as your acceptance from the program director, etc).
  • For community service, give the contact information of at least one reference.




Personal Information:



Given Name(s):


Apt #:

City & Province:

Postal Code:

Home Phone:

Cell Phone:



Academic Information:


Student #:



Year of Study:



Letter of Intent:


  • On a separate piece of paper please provide a summary of the field school you will be attending. Information to include (if known): supervising institution, site supervisor, site location, summary of fieldwork, summary of expectations of the field school.
  • Also include a summary of why you feel you need additional funding for your field school and any additional information you would like to share with the committee.


Financial Information:


  • Please provide a summary of your financial resources and estimated expenses for your field school to determine how eligible you are for this award.


Financial Resources

Estimated Expenses

School Year Earnings


Field School Tuition


Summer Earnings




Family Contribution




Other Scholarships/Bursaries




Other (Specify):


Other (Specify):


Total Resources


Total Expenses



Financial Need:(total resources – total expenses = financial need)


Resources: $

Expenses: $

Need: $







I hereby certify that the information provided on this application is, to the best of my knowledge, true and complete. I also authorize the release of the above information to the University of Ottawa Archaeological Society for the purposes of bursary evaluation.



____________________________________                  ____________________               Signature                                                                                Date


March Newsletter

Hello everyone,

The month ahead is looking to be a busy one! The UOAS Executive would first like to start off with some exciting news; it’s time for our annual scholarship to be awarded! We will begin accepting submission on March 31st and will continue to do so until April 11th and the winner will be announced on April 14th! The goal of the UOAS is to bring archaeology a little closer to the students and our avenue for doing so is presenting as many people as possible with financial assistance to go on their digs throughout the summer. So apply, give it a shot, and we wish you all the best!

It is also (and this may be the most exciting part of this newsletter) almost St. Patrick’s Day! This also means it’s time for our bottle drive to raise money for the scholarship. This year we’ll be collecting bottles outside of Thompson Residence between 1:00pm and 5:30pm. So bring out your cans and bottles, and if there’s any issue about having too many and one of the Executive needs to meet you or assist you just send us an email and we’ll make arrangements! Every little bit counts.

For anyone interested the AIA Chapter in Ottawa will have a number of lectures this month:

7:30 Tuesday March 11, Rise of the House of Atreus: Mycenae’s First Dynasty,
Room 129, Simard Building, University of Ottawa, Laura Gagné, Department of Classics and Religious Studies and CIG

7:30 Thursday March 20, Since the Dawn of Time: Face to Face with Champlain
 Jean-Luc Pilon, Ontario Archaeological Society
Routhier Centre, 172 Guigues, (Cumberland, north of St. Patrick)

7:30 Wednesday March 26, Shipwrecks of Theodosius Harbour, Istanbul
The Chamber, Centre Point Theatre building, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centre Point Drive, Dr. Ufuk Kocabas, Director, Istanbul University



The UOAS Executive

Excavating “The Kingdom of Idols”

Excavating “The Kingdom of Idols”: New Discoveries from the University of Toronto’s Excavations at Tell Tayinat

Lecturer: Stephen D. Batiuk, Archaeology Centre, Department of Anthropology and Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

Location: Room 1120, Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier East

The intersection between the Hebrew Bible and the archaeological record is often an untidy affair, which is greatly dependent on how one understands the nature of the book, as well as the cultural, and geopolitical context in which it was written. This lecture presents the latest results of the University of Toronto’s excavations at Tell Tayinat, ancient Kunalua, in the southern province of Hatay in modern day Turkey. In this talk, we will explore the archaeological data from this Iron Age city and how it can shed light not only on the local history of a region that is generally viewed as outside of the world of the Bible, but also the greater world of the Near East, and how this context might have affected how some of the Biblical texts were written.

Stephen Batiuk is at present a Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeoinformatics and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Archaeology Centre, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto and a Lecturer, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto. He studied for his B.A. at the University of Ottawa, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. He formerly received Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities both at John Hopkins University and the University of Toronto, and research grants from the National Geographic Society and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  He has participated and published on the Tayinat Archaeological Project, where he was Director of Excavations from 2004-2011.  His research interests include:  Near Eastern Archaeology — Bronze and Iron Age Periods; Development of Complex Societies and Urbanization; Ceramic Analysis and Ceramic Petrography; GIS and Computer Applications in Archaeology; and Landscape Archaeology — Reconstruction and Survey.




14:00 Samedi le 9 Février, 2014

Pièce 1120, Desmarais, Université d’Ottawa. 55 Laurier.

Excavation “Le Royaume des idoles”: Nouvelles découvertes de l’Université des fouilles de Toronto à Tell Tayinat

Stephen D. Batiuk, Archaeology Centre, Department of Anthropology and Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

L’intersection entre la Bible hébraïque et l’enregistrement archéologique est souvent une affaire désordonnée, et dépendant de la façon dont on comprend la nature de l’ouvrage, ainsi que le contexte culturel et géopolitique dans lequel il a été écrit. Cette conférence présente les derniers résultats de l’Université de fouilles de Toronto à Tell Tayinat, ancien Kunalua, dans la province méridionale de Hatay en Turquie moderne. Dans cet exposé, nous allons explorer les données archéologiques de cette ville l’âge du fer et comment il peut faire la lumière non seulement sur ​​l’histoire locale d’une région qui est généralement considéré comme en dehors du monde de la Bible, mais aussi le monde plus de la Proche-Orient, et comment ce contexte peut avoir une incidence sur la façon dont certains des textes bibliques ont été écrits.

Stephen Batiuk est actuellement boursier postdoctoral dans Archaeoinformatics et Proche-Orient ancien civilisations, Centre d’Archéologie, Département d’anthropologie, Université de Toronto et un chargé de cours, Département des Proche et Moyen Orient Civilisations, Université de Toronto. Il a étudié pour son B.A. à l’Université d’Ottawa, et sa maîtrise et son doctorat à l’Université de Toronto. Il a auparavant reçu W. Mellon bourses de recherche postdoctorale Andrew en sciences humaines à la fois à l’Université John Hopkins et l’Université de Toronto, et des subventions de recherche de la National Geographic Society et le Social Science and Humanities Research Council du Canada. Il a participé et publié sur le projet archéologique Tayinat, où il était directeur des fouilles de 2004 à 2011. Ses intérêts de recherche comprennent: l’archéologie du Proche-Orient – Bronze et du Fer Age périodes; développement de sociétés complexes et de l’urbanisation; Analyse céramique et céramique Pétrographie; SIG et applications informatiques en archéologie, et Archéologie du paysage – la reconstruction et le sondage.

Dig Opportunity

Hello everyone!

Check out this link for a fantastic opportunity for an inexpensive dig in Romania!


Field School Opportunities in Italy and Athens!


San Gemini Preservation Studies, a summer field school, has opened its application process up to any students wishing to experience a wide variety of archaeological processes as well as the culture and sights of Italy. The deadline to apply for a spot is March 15, 2014. As well the, same field schools offers field work in Athens, Greece. The first assignment takes place from March 16 until March 27, 2014 with the deadline for applications fast approaching on February 1st. The second session is for the summer from June 29-July 10th 2014. Anyone interested in more information can access the website through the link below:

Fieldwork in Italy:
Fieldwork in Athens:

The programs offered for the Italian Field School are as follows:

  • Building Restoration (June 2nd thru 27th)
  • Ceramics Restoration (June 2nd thru 27th)
  • Book Bindings Restoration (June 2nd thru 27th)
  • Paper Restoration (July 14th thru August 8th)
  •  Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques (July 14th thru August 8th)
  •  Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy (July 14th thru August 8th)

 Field Projects:

  • Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)
  • Surveying the San Giovanni Battista Church complex (12th Century)
  • Archaeological survey of the public baths in Carsulae

Basis of the Athenian Field School:

To look at the coexistence of modern day Athens, alongside its ancient counterpart. Much work will be done on preservation of historical monuments as well as planning and surveying the site.

Both schools offer amazing opportunities for anyone wishing to go on a dig, gain experience or interested in Classical history.


The UOAS Executive




December Newsletter

Hello everyone,

First of all, we wanted to send out a huge congratulation to the staff and volunteers at the University of Ottawa’s Museum of Classical Antiquities launch! It was incredibly well done, and a great evening so thank you to everyone who made that happen!

                Classes end December 3rd, which means it’s everyone’s favourite time of year again – exam time! Which means there will not be any events going on this month, though we will be planning some great events for everyone in the new semester so be sure to keep up to date on our Facebook, Twitter and of course, our website, to hear about what will be happening!

                From everyone of the UOAS good luck on your exams, and have a safe and happy holiday season!


The UOAS Executive Team

P.S. Did anyone else think of the land mine of artefacts that would be under the Districts in a post-apocalyptic North America? No? Guess that was just us then.

The Museum of Classical Antiquities Presents Constantine P. Cavafy

Hello everyone,

There are more things to celebrate this week than just the first snow fall; the University of Ottawa’s Museum of Classical Antiquities is set to have its launch Tuesday November 26th 2013! The launch is celebrating 150 years of the Greek Poet Constantine P. Cavafy in partnership with the Greek Embassy and UNESCO. The lectures begin in Desmarais on the 12th floor at 7:00pm beginning with presentations, recitations of his poems and a question and answer session at the end. The reception will be held on the 3rd floor of Desmarais and will begin at 8:15pm. It’s sure to be a wonderful night, and anyone is welcome! Be sure to check out the event on Facebook “Museum of Classical Antiquities Presents Constantine P. Cavafy” and we hope to see you all there!


The UOAS Executive

UOAS November Newsletter


In this second instalment of the SAUO-UOAS newsletter we would like to extend our thanks to those who came out and participated in our events for the month of October, including International Archaeology Day and Pizza Night. They were a great success, and thank you once again to all those who volunteered, it was greatly appreciated. We hope to see you all throughout November!

Tuesday, November 5: Pizza Night Fundraising – 2nd Floor UCU outside of the campus bar 1848 (10:30pm – 2am)

Come get a slice of piping hot pizza just outside 1848, and enjoy a drink with us at Toonie Tuesday! The SAUO-UOAS table will be just outside the doors and every slice sold assists in raising money for the SAUO-UOAS scholarship given to a deserving student attending a dig in summer 2014!

Thursday, November 21: AIA Lecture taking place in the Barney Danson Auditorium, at the Canadian War Museum (7:00pm-9:00pm)

Everyone is welcome to what is sure to be a wonderful lecture from James Last, a former Senior Archaeologist for Military Sites for Parks in Canada, who will be delivering his lecture ‘Protecting the Pink Bits: The Development of the Martello Tower and its Role in the Defence of Kingston Harbour’.

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you throughout the month.


The UOAS Executive

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