Our Sixth Annual Field Photo Contest!

2021 has been a year filled with amazing projects, all documented by the talented photographers we have on staff! This is our sixth year running this contest to give our amazing employees their due. The photos are organized into four categories: Above Ground Heritage, Fieldwork, Artifacts, and Nature.  Make sure you scroll down right to […]

A Thread Between Generations: Indigenous Beadwork From Then to Now

Pile of groundstone beads held in outstretched hands

For National Indigenous People’s Day, we are highlighting the artistry of beads that we have recovered from Indigenous archaeological sites and celebrating the innovative beading of contemporary Indigenous artists. After sharing the careful craftsmanship and manufacturing process of excavated beads, we will be profiling four inspiring Indigenous artists who are finding new meaning in their […]

Our fifth annual Field Photo Contest!

It’s that time of year again when we admire all of the amazing photographers we have on staff! We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into the world of archaeologists and cultural heritage workers. In the last four years we have had such a wealth of great photos, that this year we decided to organize […]

The Case of the Decomposing Artifact

Artifact bag melted from cellulose off gassing

The Challenges of Curating Early Plastic Artifacts in Archaeological Collections Earlier this fall we pulled a small archaeological collection out of our archive only to discover a minor disaster. An artifact made from an early form of plastic was beginning to decompose, releasing gas into the rest of the collection. The result was a fragmented […]

Our fourth annual Field Photo contest!

It’s that time of year again when we admire all of the amazing photographers we have on staff! We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into the world of archaeologists and cultural heritage workers. These photos show the range of field experiences at ASI, whether encountering a natural landscape, a unique building, an exciting artifact, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]