February 9: Dr. Iain McKechnie talks about ancient fish and fishing in BC

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Join us once a month for our evening lecture series and find out what’s new in marine science from the experts! Free to members, regular admission rates apply.

Tuesday, February 9 -7:00PM (Doors 6:30)

The Archaeology of Ancient Fish and Fishing in Coastal British Columbia

For many Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in coastal British Columbia, the ability to fish is inseparably linked to their history, social relations, economy, and physical well-being. Archaeological sites located throughout the BC coast contain abundant material evidence of ancient Indigenous fisheries and fishing technology. Iain will discuss how recent analyses of hundreds of thousands of (really) old fish bones provide a glimpse in the human history of fishing and expands our understanding of the contemporary marine ecosystem.

Dr. Iain McKechnie is a coastal archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria and a scholar with the Hakai Institute.