EventsTalking Archaeology - Flames, Fuel, and Fireweed: Fire in Canada Through the Years

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Talking Archaeology - Flames, Fuel, and Fireweed: Fire in Canada Through the Years

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Although part of a natural cycle, fires have been defined by their destructive ability in recent years. In the not so distant past, however, fires occurred in different patterns to what we see today and the practice of prescribed burning allowed for a mosaic, interconnected landscape. From the creation of meadows to intentional landscape management, fire is a powerful tool that, when used properly, helps landscapes flourish. This talk will explore the natural effects of fires, how we can see fires throughout the environmental record, and a discussion of history of cultural burning in western North America, while also highlighting the impact that western ideas of fires has had on various ecosystems.

Christina Poletto, M.A, a is a recent graduate of the IPA (Institute of Prairie Archaeology, now the IPIA -Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology) under Dr. Jack Ives and Dr. Alwynne Beaudoin where she studied a sediment core from Sharkbite Lake and performed several analyses to reconstruct local scale environmental changes through time. She now works at Stantec.

Talking Archaeology is a public lecture series that explores Alberta's history and rich archaeological heritage. Presented by the Archaeological Society of Alberta: Edmonton Centre - the most northern chapter of the Archaeological Society of Alberta. For more info, visit their website:

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