ASI staff Jessica Lytle, Robert Wojtowicz, and ASI Founder Dr. Ron Williamson co-authored a paper with Dr. Gary Crawford of University of Toronto analyzing over 140,000 charred seeds discovered at a site in Brantford, Ontario in 2010.
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A new exhibition has just opened in Quebec City that highlights the culture and history of the Huron-Wendat people and their relationships with St. Lawrence Iroquoian populations. ASI was very pleased to lend some of our favourite artifacts to this groundbreaking initiative!
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After many years of hard work, the King Spadina Neighbourhood was designated a Heritage Conservation District at the October 2 meeting of Toronto City Council!
We have been working on this project since 2013 with the City of Toronto, Taylor Hazell Architects, DTAH, Urban Strategies and R. E. Mi... Read More
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Brent Bambury and CBC's Day 6 recorded an entertaining interview for Canada Day with our founder Ron Williamson and Rollo Myers, the former manager of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Together they told the story of the discovery and partial excavation of Canada's First Parliament site back... Read More
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We are very pleased to announce that ASI has been chosen to develop the Town of Caledon’s Archaeological Management Plan. We have significant experience in this type of work, having previously developed Master Plans for Toronto, York and Halton Regions and many other municipalities.
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The City of Toronto's Market Gallery has opened a new exhibition:"Unearthing Toronto's Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market." The display showcases the history and ongoing archaeology of North America's longest continually running food market.
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This past weekend, ASI’s founder Dr. Ronald Williamson was honoured to receive the celebrated Smith-Wintemberg award at the annual Canadian Archaeological Association conference in Whitehorse, Yukon. The award is presented annually to “professional members of the Canadian archaeological communit... Read More
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Friends and colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know of exciting developments happening at ASI over the coming year.
Since our incorporation in 1980, we have enjoyed many successes as a company, acquiring a vast portfolio of interesting projects from our valued clients and... Read More
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ASI is excited to announce that we have been awarded the contract for the review and update of the City of London’s Archaeological Master Plan (AMP). The purpose of a municipal AMP is to identify, analyse and establish priorities concerning the conservation of archaeological resources located with... Read More
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City of Toronto, ASI receive celebrated AIA Conservation and Heritage Management award
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) has selected the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services team, and the archaeological and cultural heritage services firm ASI, as the 2016 recipients of ... Read More
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The provincial government has formed a Culture Strategy Advisory Group to work with them as they produce a new Culture Strategy for the province. ASI's Dr. Ron Williamson is one of the sixteen chosen for the group, which will provide expert advice to the government as it works to shape its new Stra... Read More
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In July, Walrus Magazine Editorial Fellow, Alex Tesar, accompanied Dr. Williamson on a site visit to one of ASI's projects in Brant County. What came from that visit was a feature that touched on many subjects: pre-contact archaeology, Aboriginal engagement, the CRM industry in Ontario, collections ... Read More
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Yesterday the Chiefs of Ontario and the Government of Ontario signed a historic political accord that will help guide the relationship between province and the First Nations. (Photo by Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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A new article, written by Eric Tourigny et al., features some interesting findings regarding human-animal relationships in the 19th-century, based on scientific analyses of a dog burial from the Bell Site (excavated by ASI in 2011). The study is now available in the latest issue of the Internat... Read More
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ASI's geophysical survey team, Blake Williams and John Dunlop, joined the crew from WAR JUNK at Juno Beach battlefield in France to help locate any buried remnants of D-Day. The team located a German Tobruk machine gun emplacement, long buried in the sands. The discovery was filmed for the documen... Read More
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The schooner discovered by ASI during Concord Adex development work at Bathurst and Fort York Boulevard downtown Toronto was successfully relocated to Fort York National Historic Site. The early-nineteenth-century vessel was lifted from its location on site and secured onto a truck where it was then... Read More
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ASI was retained by Concord Adex to undertake archaeological investigations prior to a development at Bathurst and Fort York Blvd. On Monday, our archaeologists discovered a schooner that dates to at least the 1830s. Preliminary investigations have indicated that the ship may be American in origin.
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Recent media coverage surrounding the development work at Bathurst Street and Fort York Boulevard in Toronto:
ASI has been on site documenting this portion of the Queen's Wharf and its associated structures since early March 2015 and we have been involved in this development project for five ... Read More
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ASI was been retained by the Archdiocese of Toronto to investigate a reportedly closed and relocated cemetery behind St John the Evangelist the church in Weston (Toronto), Ontario. While it is of course not surprising that a cemetery was associated with a nineteenth-century church, it is also to be... Read More
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ASI was present at this year's Ontario Archaeological Society Symposium, held at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls. ASI was the head sponsor for the book launch and opening reception on the evening of Friday, October 25th for the new book Before Ontario: The Archaeology of a Province... Read More
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Last month, ASI's Alexis and Claire attended the official unveiling of Peter Powning's latest installation, entitled "Spire Stelae: Impressions of a Community," at Cranbrooke Village condominiums at Bathurst Street and Saranac Boulevard in North Toronto. Peter is known for his bronze reliefs and he ... Read More
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We are excited to announce that our very own Mr. Brian Narhi, ASI's long-time Project Historian, is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement!
Always humble, Mr. Narhi says: "While it's nice to get the accolades, I have always done my heritage work... Read More
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[caption id="attachment_6261" align="alignright" width="300"] "Strata" entranceway to the Cinema Tower.[/caption]
New Brunswick artist Peter Powning recently completed a large sculpture installation, commissioned by the Daniels Corporation, for the entranceway to the Cinema Tower condominium at 2... Read More
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From the publisher, McGill-Queen's University Press: Before Ontario there was ice. As the last ice age came to an end, land began to emerge from the melting glaciers. With time, plants and animals moved into the new landscape and people followed. For almost 15,000 years, the land that is now Ontario... Read More
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"The Orenda" by Joseph Boyden is now available. This work of historical fiction from Penguin Canada is on the bookshelves with ringing endorsements from many reviewers, including the National Post, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and even ASI's Chief Archaeologist Dr. Ron Williamson.
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On Monday March 11th, Dr. Ron Williamson and ASI archaeologist Andrea Carnevale headed to the the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum to sign copies of the book The Mantle Site, written by Dr. Williamson and Dr. Jennifer Birch.
About 100 people filled the museum’s community hall to hear about the Man... Read More
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The film Curse of the Axe - based on an ASI project and developed by Yap Films - has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. The award ceremony will air on Sunday, March 3rd at 8:00 pm on CBC.
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Heritage Toronto held their annual awards night and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 and granted Yap Films with a Merit Award for their film Curse of the Axe. The documentary film followed ASI as they excavated the Mantle Site in Stouffville, ON.
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ASI and Dr. Ron Williamson were featured in The Globe and Mail's 'Report on Business' section on December 24th, 2012: "Most archeology in Canada is performed not by academics, but by private firms examining building sites before the developers move in with bulldozers. One of the biggest specialty co... Read More
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The Mantle Site (written by Jennifer Birch and Ron Williamson) is now available for pre-order. The book features a detailed analysis of the sixteenth-century Huron-Wendat village found in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. The site is famous for its size - over 95 longhouses excavated and ... Read More
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In the spirit of Christ,as, we visited Camp Oochigeas this morning to offer a donation to this incredible organization. Camp Oochigeas is a year-round program for children with cancer. They run a summer camp in Muskoka, in-hospital programs at Sick Kids and other programs at their downtown Toronto f... Read More
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Russell Higgins of MacPherson Builders, brought a deal to council at its regular meeting Monday, November 19, to say the town can have the deed to the Plater-Martin Site, as well as some land surrounding the site in exchange for a parcel of town land suitable for building.
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Congratulations to ASI for receiving the 2012 Excellence in Cultural Resource Management award and thank you to the Ontario Archaeological Society for the honour. The award recognizes "an individual or a group in order to recognize contributions and accomplishments in the field of cultural resourc... Read More
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An ASI project featured in The Globe & Mail on November 26, 2012: "A new hotel to be built on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto will give visitors a rare glimpse of the city’s military history by incorporating the archeological remains of an old barracks long buried u... Read More
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On Saturday, September 29, a group of approximately thirty ASI staff visited Huronia, the historic homeland of the Huron/Wendat nation in Ontario. It was a beautiful autumn day for a drive north, with the autumn foliage approaching its peak of colour.
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The University of Toronto has signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing for the repatriation of remains and artifacts to the Huron Wendat Nation. This MoU was signed at a ceremony in Wendake, near Quebec City on November 29th, 2011.
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Aboriginal people are the keepers of nature.
ASI has been involved in an Aboriginal engagement program for a series of EA projects within the Seaton lands in the City of Pickering. As part of this process, the Huron-Wendat First Nation were invited to conduct a "purification" (smudging) ceremony ... Read More
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