Heritage Toronto Special Achievement Award

Our founder, Dr Ron Williamson, was the recipient of the 2019 Special Achievement Award from Heritage Toronto which celebrates people who have made exceptional contributions to Toronto’s heritage. This video introduction played at the awards ceremony, and features the ROM’s New World Archaeology Technician April Hawkins, and former Chief of the Mississauga of the Credit First […]

Charlie Garrad Memorial

As a memory of our dear friend Charlie Garrad, we share a favourite story from an interview we did with him in 2017. Charlie tells us about the discovery of an intact Tionontate smoking pipe on the day of the final hockey game of the 1972 Summit Series. Thanks to Heritage Hockey for allowing us […]

Ask An Archaeologist- Sharing the Dirt on Fieldwork

It’s that time of year again, where we’re all excited to get back out into the field, and thinking back to our first field seasons. We asked our archaeologists in the field, lab and office what their advice would be for an archaeologist just starting out- and these were their answers!

Come Discover History With Us!

Do you want to be an archaeologist? We share a peek into the life of a field archaeologist through this collection of some of our favourite field photos! We are currently hiring field technicians for the Spring 2018 field season, could it be you? For more information on our job postings, please visit our Careers Page. […]

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson

The film West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson was produced by White Pine Pictures and follows the mysterious life and death of the famous Group of Seven painter. On July 8 1917, Thomson died mysteriously on Canoe Lake, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his career. Why does Thomson’s life and art fascinate us […]

Hangman’s Graveyard

ASI was retained to find, exhume and rebury those men who had been hanged at Toronto’s Don Jail as part of the Bridgepoint Hospital redevelopment project. Our work was followed by Ballinrun Productions film crew, under the direction of Mick Grogan, and the film shows ASI archaeologists in both the field and the lab.

Curse of the Axe

See the film Curse of the Axe by clicking the play button below. The documentary was developed by Yap Films, in association with History Channel Canada and Archaeological Services Inc. Listen to Dr. Ron Williamson from ASI and Mr. Luc Laine from the Huron-Wendat First Nation talk about the film on the CBC radio show […]

Camp X: Secret Agent School

Yap Films newest documentary Camp X: Secret Agent School premiered on HISTORY Canada on July 14, 2014. The documentary tells the story of how a secret agent training school began in Canada – near Whitby, Ontario – in the dark days of the Second World War. At Camp X, British instructors taught American and Canadian […]

Death or Canada

The feature length film “Death or Canada” tells the story of Irish immigration to Toronto during the summer of 1847. The potato famine raging in Ireland caused thousands to leave their homeland for North America. Many ships landed in Toronto during that summer with scores of passengers sick with typhus. This film follows the young […]

Greenbelt Conference

Keynote speech by Dr. Ronald F. Williamson at the Global Greenbelt Conference – March 24, 2011