Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated and the museum’s Time Travellers archaeological lecture series did just that this year with an outstanding range of topics. Dr. Alwynne Beaudoin, RAM’s curator of Quaternary environments and member of the Time Travellers co-ordinating team, arranged the exciting line-up of speakers. In her opening night remarks, she noted that “ripped from the headlines” best described this year’s theme, because all the topics have recently made – and are continuing to make – headlines around the world.
Dr. Jo Appleby, from the University of Leicester, opened the series in front of a sell-out crowd, speaking on the remarkable discovery of the remains of Richard III. On October 24, Ryan Harris spoke on the recent discovery under the Arctic Ocean of the HMS Investigator. Dr. Dennis Sandgathe spoke on October 31 on what the Neandertal’s use of fire and burial practices tells us of their behaviour. And on November 7, Dr. Jack Ives brought the series to a close with new information on the earliest peoples in Alberta at the end of the Ice Age.
FRAMS was delighted to support Time Travellers this year, providing anniversary cake for all after the first lecture, as well as presenting commemorative magic, portable, no batteries required, time-travelling implements to attendees at the subsequent talks. A free FRAMS raffle was also held at each talk and the winners are listed on page four of this newsletter. Our thanks go to Dr. Beaudoin, Dr. Jack Brink, and the whole Time Travellers team for a most fascinating and informative series.