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The cost of the tour is: $35.00 Seniors & Adults
Space is limited to 15 people, so sign up early!
Car-pooling and travel by caravan is currently being
investigated for those persons interested in joining the
For registration or more information, contact:
Jack & Alice Trusty at 306-692-4264 or
REGINA ARCHAEOLOGICAL Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 19th Meandering at Moosomin
Summertime, summertime, sum – sum – summertime! The Moosomin and Regina Chapters of the SAS will
be touring, and recording sites and features in the
Ah, summer! It’s a time for fun in the sun, lounging Moosomin area.
on the beach, and building sandcastles by the seashore.
The Moosomin Chapter is the newest member to the
The RAS is not immune to such delights. After a very SAS family. While the Chapter may be new, the area
busy spring season and past summers of programs and it is founded in is rich in historical and archaeological
activities, the RAS has decided to take the summer off remains. The Moosomin area is well represented
and go have fun! within the prehistoric cultural record and is also
located in one of the oldest historically settled areas of
The RAS would like to extend an invitation to its Saskatchewan.
members and the public to join in two fun summer
activities: the Big Muddy Badland Tour and Any participant who has a GPS unit is encouraged to
Meandering at Moosomin. bring it along.
After a day of fun in the sun, the Moosomin Chapter
JUNE 24TH Big Muddy Badland Tour will be hosting the annual SAS B-B-Q.
Come join the RAS on a tour of the Big Muddy For more details, or if you are interested in
Badlands. The 6 ½ hour tour starts at Coronach and participating, please contact:
leads visitors to: Castle Butte, Big Beaver Nature
Centre, Aust’s General Store, North West Mounted Jack & Alice Trusty - 306-692-4264 or
Police Post, Sam Kelly Outlaw Caves, Burgess Ranch,
Heritage School, Ceremonial Circle, Turtle and Email: email@example.com
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These sites are found throughout Saskatchewan. For
more information on these and other summer vacation
destinations, check the 2006 Saskatchewan Vacation
Guide or at: www.sasktourism.com
What To Do On Summer Vacation
There are so many places to go and see in
Saskatchewan. Here is a small sample of things to see
15 Wing Military Aviation Museum
1912 Regina Tornado Walking Tour
A Maze in Saskatchewan
Athabasca Sand Dunes
Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre
Batoche National Historic Site
Beechy Sandcastles & Sunken Hill Mapusaurus found in Argentina Photo: National Geographic Society
Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park
Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site
Cochin Lighthouse Move Over Scottie, Here Comes
Cypress Hills Provincial Park Mapusaurus
Eastend- T-rex Discovery Centre
Fort Battleford, Fort Carleton, Fort Walsh While Scottie (T.rex discovered at Eastend,
Greenwater Provincial Park Saskatchewan) may be big, paleontologists working in
Government House western Patagonia, Argentina have made an even
Grasslands National Park bigger discovery.
Great Sand Hills
Grey Owl’s Cabin Researchers Rodolfo Coria (professor at the Carmen
Last Mountain House Funes Museum in Plaza Huincul, Argentina) and
Monarch Lodge / St. Victor Petroglyphs Philip Currie (University of Alberta) announced their
Lebret Sacred Heart Church / Stations of the Cross discovery in April, 2006. The newly revealed species,
Motherwell Homestead named Mapusaurus roseae, is one of the biggest
National Doukhobour Heritage Village carnivores ever to walk the earth. It is larger than
Nistowiak Falls Giganotosaurus, which in 1995 replaced T.rex as the
RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremonies world’s biggest carnivorous dinosaur.
Rotary Museum of Police & Corrections
Royal Saskatchewan Museum At least seven Mapusaurus were discovered in a mass
Sukanen Ship, Pioneer Village & Museum fossil graveyard in a prehistoric riverbed 24 kilometres
Stanley Mission (15 miles) south of Plaza Huincul. While being bigger
Ukrainian Museum of Canada than T.rex in size, it also appears Mapusaurus was a
Waneskewin Heritage Park sleeker, more agile predator. Its teeth were designed
White Bear Pow Wow for slicing flesh rather than crushing bones. Its skull
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was also larger than T.rex. The largest specimen engraved on a stone in front of a Great Wall beacon
found at the site was more than 12.5 metres (40 feet) tower possibly during the Song Dynasty (960-1279
Evidence revealed at the site indicates Mapusaurus Archaeologists believe that soldiers from all parts of
was a pack hunter. The skeletons at the site showed ancient China used to play chess to while away the
no sign of disease, and were likely victims of a sudden time while they were stationed on the Great Wall.
catastrophic event. Most of the remains are medium- This is a remarkable discovery, as the chessboards
sized animals with a few being very young and very were never mentioned in documents on the Great Wall
old. Coria indicated this is the normal composition for or in local chronicles. However, more work is needed
a pack animal population. Additional supporting to identify the exact date of the boards.
evidence of pack hunting is the burial is made up
solely of Mapusaurus bones. Archaeologists also found seventeen Chinese
characters in five lines engraved on a stone nearby, of
The revelation of pack hunting by Mapusaurus is which the names of two soldiers are still clear.
giving more credence to recent theories that T.rex
might not have been a solitary predator as previously China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, founder of the
thought. Fossil sites in Canada, Mongolia and the Qin Dynasty, (also known for his tombs army of 6,000
United States suggest such behavior might have been life-size terra cotta warriors) had the Wall built as a
relatively common in the late Cretaceous period (65-90 defense by over one million workers in 12 years
million years ago). against attack by the Xiongnu, an ancient nationality in
The Wall was rebuilt and strengthened many times
through the centuries. It stretches 6,000 kilometres
from Jiayuguan Pass in northwest Gansu Province, and
ends at Shanhaiguan Pass on the shores of Bohai Bay
in the east.
Ancient Chessboard Found on Great
Wall of China
Archaeologists have found two ancient engraved
chessboards that were likely used by soldiers stationed
on the Great Wall of China more than 700 years ago.
The discovery was made at Qinhuangdao in North
China’s Hebei Province.
The two boards, one for Chinese chess and the other
Great Wall at Mutianyu, China
for the ancient game “Tiger Eats Sheep”, were Photo by Beifan.com
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contents once the preservation work has been
Pink Gold Coffinette Found in KV63 completed.
On June 4, 2006, the Discovery Channel broadcast the To date no mummies have been found within the
latest discovery from DV63. In an exclusive video, tomb, but not all the coffins have been opened.
viewers watched as the team unveiled to the world the
presence of a pink gold coffinette. http://www.kv-63.com
The anthropoid gold leaf coffinette is 42 cm in length
and was found in coffin ‘G’- the youth coffin. While
no markings were been found on the coffinette, it is
believed it was made at the Royal Workshop and was
intended for a female member of the Royal family.
Which family member it was intended for remains a
To view a two-minute video clip of the pink
coffinette, follow the link and select the KV63 video.
http://egyptology.blogspot.com/2006/06/kv63-video.html Regina Archaeological Society
Coffin ‘G’ also had within it 6 high quality pillows. President: Jack Trusty
Textile expert Elise Van Rooij of Holland is currently Vice President: Bruce Cook
Secretary: Joanne Brown
undertaking the analysis of the pillows. The pillows
Treasurer: George Maier
are round or oval in shape and approximately 40 cm Members-at-Large: Lee-Ann Irvine
long in shades of brown or possibly originally red. Evelyn Siegfried
Dye analysis will be used to confirm the original
colour of the pillows. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE:
$10.00/Individual; $6.00/Student (under 16);
All six pillows are made of several layers of densely $8.00/Senior (60 or over); $12.00/family.
woven linen textiles carefully sewn together. The ADDRESS:
outer fabric is of a very fine woven material, while the P.O. Box 931, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3B1
inner fabric is much coarser. The pillows are stuffed
with small feathers or down. There are ink markings
and embroidered hieroglyph signs on some of the THE CATLINITE TABLOID
pillows. The Catlinite Tabloid is the newsletter of the Regina
Archaeological Society. Unless otherwise noted, all articles are
Other finds within the tomb include a palm fibre mat written by newsletter staff. Submissions of news, notes, and
stories are welcome. Deadline, first Friday of the month.
that was found resting on the floor at the head of
Mail submissions to:
coffin ‘B’. On coffin ‘E’ resin covered bands of Bruce Cook
writing have been found stretching across the torso Box 476
and down toward the footboard. Extensive Milestone, Saskatchewan S0G 3L0
conservation work is being taken in the hope of
finding names or cartouches on the coffin. This, and E-Mail to Blackwing@sasktel.net
Fax to 306-780-7739 (Attention: Bruce Cook)
the infant coffin, may be x-rayed to identify their
EDITOR: Bruce Cook (306-436-460