ASI’s ACO NextGen 2019 Job Shadows

Nigel Klemenčič-Puglisevich our Architectural Conservancy of Ontario job shadowee works in our Toronto lab with Field Director Alanna Martini getting collections ready for Sustainable Archaeology

In February, ASI hosted three job shadows from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s NextGen job shadow program. Meet Sarah Bulman, Taranjeet Grewal and Nigel Klemenčič-Puglisevich! Sarah joined us in processing historical and pre-contact artifacts in the Burlington lab, Taranjeet learned about our Environmental Assessment and Cultural Heritage work, and Nigel helped us refurbish some legacy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nuit Blanche 2017

Aga Khan Nuit Blanche Cultural Heritage Toronto

This Saturday, September 30th is Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, when the whole city is filled with art exhibits that are open from dusk to dawn! Nuit Blanche is a great opportunity to see some of our city’s museums and cultural hubs in a new light. We put together a few recommendations for spots to visit: The Broadview Hotel, […]

Provincial plaques commemorate the Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site

We were very happy to take part in the unveiling of two plaques that commemorate one of the most significant sites we have excavated, the  Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site, first known as the Mantle Site. The Ontario Heritage Trust worked in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to create these plaques and this special event. The […]

“Feature” Employee: Lisa Small

Lisa Small featured employee ontario archaeology field technician

Meet Lisa, Field Technician for our Mitigation Division! She brings a fresh approach to ASI with her strong commitment to archaeology as social activism. Lisa has devoted herself to the growing field of African Canadian archaeology after being inspired by the stories of the Underground Railroad.   I did not find archaeology, rather it discovered me! As I […]

Historical Recipe Project: The Original Chocolate Chip Cookie

Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies historical recipe project photographed by Eliza Brandy

As part of our historical recipe project, our Project Manager in the Planning Division Caitlin Lacy brought in the Original Chocolate Chip Cookie! [line] Chocolate chip cookies are my go-to recipe to bake. I have been baking the same recipe since I was 14. When we were approached with this historical recipe project I wondered, when was the […]

Historical Recipe Project: Dolly Varden Cake

Dolly Varden Cake Historical Recipe Project cultural heritage Caitlin Coleman

As part of our historical recipe project, our Assistant Manager of Communications Caitlin Coleman brought in Dolly Varden cake! This cake is named after a Charles Dickens character who became a popular craze in the mid nineteenth century [line] Dolly Varden is a Charles Dickens character from his historical novel, Barnaby Rudge, which was set during eighteenth century anti-Catholic […]

“Feature” Employee: Beverly Garner

Bev Garner at Snake Hill Ontario archaeological excavation

Meet Bev, Senior Archaeologist and Manager of our Planning Division! She has been functioning as ASI’s lynchpin for over thirty years, having started her fieldwork career working on Marty Cooper’s PhD thesis. When she’s not keeping track of every early stage archaeological assessment we do, she indulges her artistic side through art, and working on […]

St Patrick’s Day Snake Roundup!

A Northern Watersnake photographed while doing archaeological survey in Ontario

Previously we shared the great spider photos that our report writer Mike Brand captured during his time doing archaeological survey work. Today in honour of St Patrick’s Day we are bringing you a fresh round-up of Mike’s wildlife photos, this time featuring snakes snapped in and around Ontario archaeological sites! Many of these snakes were […]