“Although I was an amateur archaeologist, I was a professional scientist. I was dismayed and saddened by the then-present gulf between the amateur and professional archaeologist, with competition present instead of cooperation” (OAS Special Publication No. 9, 1990).
Response to award of the J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal:
This is an occasion for thanks. First of all, thanks to the Ontario Archaeological Society and certain of its members who acted to create this occasion. I thank you very much. I have to say, as I have passed through my living days, the reasons for thanks continue to accumulate. My parents raised me to enjoy and appreciate nature, and to enjoy the fruits of education. My wife, Beth, chose to give up her professional career to stay at home and raise four marvelous children and also to create an attractive and comfortable home in which to live. I am also grateful to the medical profession that cared for me in numerous hospitalizations and patched me up so I could get back on my horse and continue my ride.After shopping around a bit, I chose to specialize in Quaternary geology. That reinforced my generalist nature and I have enjoyed its breadth and the many opportunities to interact with specialists in other fields, including archeology. Some of my fellow geologists feel I am overspecialized, having specialized in only the last two million years of Earth history. But just as it is relatively short, it is so broad. I regard any field of science that considers in any way its historical context, and more should, fair game for interaction with Quaternary geology. I thank Nelson Gadd, and his associates Jaan Terasmae and Frances Wagner for introducing me to the richness of Quaternary studies.Quaternary geology embraces history up to the present, and forms a platform for considering the future. In southern Ontario, thoroughly glaciated as it was, our physical substrate is glacial deposits. The story of ice retreat explains our landforms. An important part of that story is the evolution of the Great Lakes through their complex glacial and postglacial events, including Lake Iroquois, Lake Algonquin, and the Nipissing phase. Therein lies the interaction with human history and archeology.The people who created this occasion will not know that the location for this event is particularly appropriate. It was the birthplace where my wife grew up and I regret she is unable to attend because of illness. Five years of my childhood were spent in Amherstburg, not far south of Windsor, and is the site of Fort Malden. I remember the fort as ruins, before their restoration as a tourist attraction, because its earthworks created the only hill in town suitable for winter sleighriding. Much of Essex county is former lake bottom and is described as “flat”.It may be of interest to some to know that the Ontario Geological Survey in now engaged in the publication of the final report by Tom Morris on the Quaternary geology of Essex County. As the plans for a new bridge are carried out in the near future, it can be anticipated that a rich treasure of archeological record will be encountered as it is another “crossing place” in the Great Lakes chain, as has so well been documented at Sarnia and Fort Erie. There is much to look forward to. Have fun!And finally, I’d like to mention our youngest son Tom, who couldn’t be here, has returned to school for his Master’s degree in studies archeology-related, and a grandson, Stuart, who is here, is in second year Anthropology at the University of Waterloo, so the archeology link will continue.Thank you all.Paul Karrow