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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

“Featured” Employee: Jose Gutierrez

Field archaeology featured employee Jose Gutierrez uncovers an animal burial

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 […]

June at ASI!

Presenting a monthly roundup of all the stories, photos and projects that got us excited this month. Can you believe that the year is half over? June has found us celebrating good weather, hitting important work milestones, and National Indigenous Peoples Day!   Julia Herbst and Carolyn Kennedy from Texas A&M University have been studying […]

Inspired by Yayoi Kusama: A Roundup of Polka Dot Artifacts

Yayoi Kusama inspired collection of polka dot archaeology artifacts. Close-up of red transferprint motif on ceramic.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror exhibit has taken Toronto by storm, with long lines forming every morning in the hopes of getting into explore her unique, interactive installations. Now 89, Kusama is an artist well worth celebrating. She has been producing intense, semi-abstract artwork that feature circles and dots since she was a child. Known as […]

Your Back Will Thank You: Improving the Ergonomics of Fieldwork

Andrew Clish and Chris Langlois construct new archaeology screens for better ergonomics while doing 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 […]