The Exhibit Archaeology Alive! The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville

The Jean-Baptiste Lainé site was home to a remarkable 16th-century Huron-Wendat community located in what is now the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. The exhibit Archaeology Alive! The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville opened at the Whitchurch Stouffville Museum & Community Centre in July 2019. Join representatives from the HuronWendat Nation, Archaeological Services Inc., Ryerson University, and […]

Empathic Traditions: A New Look at an Old Collection

Niagara Falls Museums teamed up with Landscape of Nations 360° (LON) in 2019 to gain a fresh perspective and accurate account of their collection. The direction of the project was to apply Indigenous knowledge and perspectives focused on parts of the collection that had sat dormant for many years. Much of the Indigenous collection at […]

Telling Great stories: A Panel

Archaeology can be synonymous with dry and boring or with adventure and discovery. Which it is depends very much on how we talk about archaeology. When we think about it in terms of artifact lists and trait tables and whether a site has further CHVI…well…yawn. But, when we think about how privileged archaeologists are to […]

Oldies but Goodies: The Use of CRM Legacy Collections for Academic Research

ASI (Archaeological Services Inc.) has been a cultural resource management firm working in Ontario since 1980. Over the past 40 years we have excavated, catalogued, and curated a wealth of legacy collections, many of which have been used for research by the academic community. This presentation will highlight the academic work of various scholars who […]

What’s in the Box? Ceramic Analysis of Charlie Garrad’s Legacy Collections

In 2014, ASI (Archaeological Services Inc.) collaborated with Charles Garrad to take responsibility for his archaeological collections, which represent his life’s work as an avocational archaeologist. Within his collections there are 47 Tionontaté sites that date roughly from the early A.D. 1500s to A.D. 1650 and are located near present-day Collingwood, Ontario. In the fall […]

The Research Potential and Challenges of Unpublished Legacy Collections: The Quackenbush Site

Research on never-published legacy collections can contribute in meaningful ways to the narrative of the past. But it can also present unique problems. Our contribution focuses on the research potential and challenges presented by the collections and records from the Quackenbush site, a pre-contact Iroquoian settlement in the Kawartha Lakes region that was excavated by […]

Population movements of the Huron-Wendat viewed through strontium isotope analysis

The Journal of Archaeological Science

Environmental isotopes can provide information about the composition of groups and the movement of people across landscapes. The archaeological record of Huron-Wendat communities in south-central Ontario is one of numerous drainage-based sequences of small villages among which families or larger population segments moved. These villages amalgamated in the early to mid-sixteenth century into fewer, larger […]

Farmers, Fishers, Hunters and Trades — Indigenous Communities on Georgian Bay

Discover the marvel that is Georgian Bay, its hidden history, its storied rock, culture, and the fragile nature that abounds here. The Bay has been home to Indigenous people for thousands of years. Samuel Champlain canoed it in 1615 marveling at its maze of islands. The Bay was a significant part of the fur trade […]

Nineteenth-century Working-Class Residential Transience and Stability in Toronto’s St. Andrew’s Ward: Examining Differential Effects on Artifact Assemblages

When excavating historical archaeological sites, we often view them through the lens of assumed permanence, or at least an extended and significant occupation. Our interpretations about the intersections of social realities with material culture are then built upon a framework of stability and longevity. These assumptions create a one-to-one relationship between occupants and assemblage; Family […]