Tag: Fieldwork


Halloween Screen Decorating Contest!
28 Oct 2019

Halloween Screen Decorating Contest!

It’s a spooky time of year, and we decided to have a little Halloween fun! We challenged our crews to decorate their screens, and they were all so creative! Scroll down to look at all their entries, and vote for your favourite below. Allanah Macdonald‘s crew showed their love of gaming with their submission! Raquel Smith, Leanne Ruston, Marci Nash, Allanah Macdonald, Nathan Garcia, and Andrew...

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A Day in the Field: Ontario Archaeology
18 Oct 2019

A Day in the Field: Ontario Archaeology

To celebrate #InternationalArchaeologyDay, join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at a day in the life of an Ontario field archaeologist! Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an archaeologist? Our staff gets to flex all kinds of muscles on an average workday, including (but by no means limited to): A love of the outdoors (and all the varied weather that comes with working...

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“Featured” Employee: Lisa Merritt
08 Mar 2019

“Featured” Employee: Lisa Merritt

Meet Lisa Merritt, Partner and Director of our Environmental Assessment Division! Lisa has turned her passion for exploring the outdoors into a  successful and varied career in Ontario archaeology. She has been a practicing archaeologist since 1996, started her own consulting company in 2003, joined ASI in 2008, and became a part of our new Partnership team in 2016! When Lisa isn’t hard at work managing...

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January at ASI!
05 Feb 2019

January at ASI!

Presenting a roundup of all the stories, photos and projects that got us excited this month! We had a busy start to the year! January found us putting out the call for field technicians for this spring, seeing our research hit mainstream publications, and participating in a fun photo challenge!   Carbonized seeds that we discovered a site in Brantford, Ontario made a big splash...

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“Featured” Employee: Jessica Lytle
25 Jan 2019

“Featured” Employee: Jessica Lytle

Meet Jessica Lytle, Associate Archaeologist and Project Manager in our Environmental Assessment Division!   Jes has a passion for paleobotanical analysis, as evidenced by her recent work helping to identify 3,000 year old quinoa seeds in Ontario. It was early 2008. I was halfway through my undergrad degree and taking a few archaeology courses, and the economic recession was hitting HARD! I knew that finding a...

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Rural Paradise
03 Dec 2018

Our third annual Field Photo contest!

We are always amazed at how many talented photographers we have on staff! I hope you enjoy these photos that offer a little glimpse into the world of archaeologists and cultural heritage workers. These photos show the range of work we do at ASI, whether it is a beautiful nature shot, a city scene, an exciting artifact, or the fun times we have out in the...

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20 Years of Cultural Heritage at ASI
30 Nov 2018

20 Years of Cultural Heritage at ASI

This November marks 20 years since we began doing cultural heritage work at ASI! Back in 1998 David Cuming became our first Cultural Heritage Specialist, soon to be joined by Mary MacDonald. We owe so much to David and Mary who not only brought an essential new discipline to ASI, but have made huge contributions towards conserving Ontario’s heritage throughout their careers. After leaving ASI,...

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October at ASI!
01 Nov 2018

October at ASI!

Presenting a roundup of all the stories, photos and projects that got us excited this month! October found us presenting at conferences, getting into the Halloween spirit, and looking back at cannabis in the archaeological record for Legalization Day. We love getting into the Halloween spirit here at ASI! We took some spooky group photos at our Toronto and Burlington offices! What do you think...

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September at ASI
01 Oct 2018

September at ASI

Presenting a roundup of all the stories, photos and projects that got us excited this month! September found us opening up our office as part of Doors Open Burlington, which was a great experience! We had over a hundred people stop by and visit us in our new, expanded office. Our office display included historical maps, an artifact and skull guessing game, an active lab,...

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August at ASI
30 Aug 2018

August at ASI

Presenting a roundup of all the stories, photos and projects that got us excited this month. August has found us getting outside, having picnics, celebrating our dogs, and teaching some great kids about archaeology! This month we got on board the Ontario Parks #30x30challenge which invites everyone to spend 30 minutes outside for 30 days straight. In archaeology and cultural heritage fieldwork we often get the...

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July at ASI!
01 Aug 2018

July at ASI!

Presenting a monthly roundup of all the stories, photos and projects that got us excited this month. July has found us trying to escape the heat, answering questions through the Ask An Archaeologist hashtag, and learning about ancient bread!   Ask An Archaeologist is a new concept that grew out of the heritage community in the UK. The idea was simple, on July 18th people...

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“Featured” Employee: Jose Gutierrez
20 Jul 2018

“Featured” Employee: Jose Gutierrez

Meet Jose, Field Technician for our Mitigation Division! When Jose Gutierrez isn’t uncovering Toronto’s past as part of our historical crew, he’s passionately engaging in Peruvian archaeology. I was always into history but the Indiana Jones trilogy made me want to pursue something similar to what Indy did. I took whatever history or geography courses that were available in high school. I was finally able to...

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Your Back Will Thank You: Improving the Ergonomics of Fieldwork
01 May 2018

Your Back Will Thank You: Improving the Ergonomics of Fieldwork

Field archaeology is a very physical job that is hard on the body.  In particular, digging and screening can contribute to repetitive strain injuries in the back, legs and most often the wrists. We may never be able to keep our field archaeologists completely free from injury, but we can certainly make our work places as safe as possible! To that end, we hired an...

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What's the point?
11 Dec 2017

Our second annual Field Photo contest!

We have some very talented amateur photographers on staff who, through the nature of our industry, get a glimpse into a world not many people get to see. These photos show the range of work we do at ASI, whether it be a beautiful landscape, an urban alleyway, an exciting artifact, or the fun times we have out in the field. Last year Liz Matwey took...

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“Featured” Employee: Tom Lally
07 Sep 2017

“Featured” Employee: Tom Lally

Meet Tom, Field Technician for our Planning Division! When Tom Lally isn’t travelling throughout Southern Ontario as part of our survey crew, he is a one-person travel bureau for the great nation of Australia. Gday blokes and sheilas, my name is Tom Lally (or just ‘The Aussie’) and I am a Field Tech on Rockin’ Robbie Bhardwaj’s awesome Survey Crew in Burlington. I became an archaeologist after...

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Field Season Starts Today
01 May 2017

Field Season Starts Today

It’s our favourite time of the year! The ground is finally unfrozen and mostly dry, so Ontario’s archaeology season has officially begun. Unusually, we have had small crews out doing survey work in April because we had a such a warm spring. But as of May 1st we have a full retinue of crews, and the work begins in earnest! In our Burlington and Toronto offices...

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