Late prehistoric mortuary practices : an analysis of the Bethune, Sisterbutte, Glen Ewen and Moose Bay burials in Saskatchewan
Dawson, Sheila Margaret
There are four known Late Prehistoric burials in Saskatchewan which demonstrate at least two distinct patterns of mortuary behavior prevalent on the Northern Plains. The Bethune burial located near Bethune, Saskatchewan, is an Avonlea burial dating 1389 +/- 40 years BP. This site is the only Avonlea burial known to date in Canada, and only one of three burials now known in North America. The Sisterbutte, Glen Ewen, and Moose Bay burials are all examples of mound burials. The Glen Ewen mound has been dated at 1220 +/- 70 years BP and 1110 +/- 90 years BP, while the Moose Bay mound has been associated with the Kathio and Devils Lake Sourisford burial complexes. The Sisterbutte mound has not been radiocarbon dated, nor are there any diagnostic cultural remains associated with it. This thesis assembles, and re-evaluates, all the accumulated data on Late Prehistoric burials in Saskatchewan.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
DepartmentAnthropology and Archaeology
ProgramAnthropology and Archaeology
SupervisorWalker, Ernest G.
CommitteeMarino, Mary; Linnamae, Urve; Barron, F. Laurie
Prehistoric burial sites - Saskatchewan
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Saskatchewan
Burial mounds -- Saskatchewan
Avonlea burial sites