Our 7th Annual Field Photo Contest!

We are lucky to have fantastic staff who have taken stunning photos across our 2022 Field Season! This year is our 7th year running our Field Photo Contest which brings to light the incredible landscapes, wonderful wildlife, and onsite comradery! The photos are organized into four categories: Fieldwork, Above Ground Heritage, Artifacts, and Nature. lease […]

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 […]

We Are Sharing Our Research!

A Detailed Ceramic Analysis of the Sidey-Mackey Site The Sidey-Mackay site is a Tionontaté village that dates to approximately 1580 and is located close to present-day Creemore, Ontario. This was once the home of several hundred people who built longhouses, cultivated the land to grow the three sisters, and created beautiful objects including ceramic vessels. […]

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, […]

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 […]

“Featured” Employee: Lisa Merritt

Lisa Merritt Partner and Director of Environmental Assessments

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 […]

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 […]