Archaeological Society Talks is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars, researchers and members from the Archaeological Society of Albertaopens a new window.
Breaking Boundaries: Combining Geophysics, Archaeology and a Film Documentary to Find John Ware
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Strathcona Branchopens a new window
Speaker: Lindsay Amundsen-Meyer, Lifeways of Canada Limited
John Ware (1845-1905) was born into slavery, gaining his freedom close to the end of the American Civil War to bring 3,000 head of cattle from the United States to Canada for the Northwest Cattle Company. He achieved legendary status for his physical strength, horsemanship and courage. However, documentation of Ware’s life is rare, and the true nature of his life can be hard to discern from the legends built around him. Given the lack of documentary record, the identification of Ware’s homestead and cultural remains associated with this cowboy legend provide a unique opportunity to study the lifestyle of this historical figure.
This talk will explore the life of John Ware as documented in the historic record, and how techniques of archaeological investigation include Ground Penetrating Radar and traditional testing were used to identify Ware’s Millarville homestead and what is left in the ground to connect us with this cowboy legend.