Site Deception (AhGx-4)

Site Name: Site Deception County: Hamilton-Wentworth Borden Number: AhGx-4 Township: City of Hamilton Date Excavated: 1969 Investigated or Excavated By: William Fox, David M. Stothers, Ian Kenyon About the Site: Site Deception (AhGx-4), located along the southern shore of Cootes Paradise, west of Princess Point, was investigated by David Stothers in 1969 (Stothers 1969:14-15). The […]

Day of Archaeology 2016

Take a time trip beginning with the early formal archaeology and its avocational or ‘collector’ foundations and parallels in the Province, through the classic works of the 1950s and the heyday 1960s and 1970s, down through the development of legislation, great syntheses and compilations. Shortly thereafter, we mark the process of standardisation in the practice […]

Sassafras Point No. 1 (AhGx-3)

Site Name: Sassafras Point No. 1 County: Hamilton-Wentworth Borden Number: AhGx-3 Township: City of Hamilton Date Excavated: 1969 Excavated By: David M. Stothers, Ian Kenyon About the Site: Following earlier identification by Tim Kenyon and Ian Kenyon and mapping and Bordenising by Bill Fox (Bill Fox, pers. comm., July 14, 2016), the site was returned […]

The Legacy of Looting: The Darker Heritage of Archaeology Collections in Ontario

“…they actually had cemetery digging bees – just like you’d have a barn-raising bee. People would crowd in and just have a picnic lunch and dig through these graves, which is, I mean what can you say? There’s really no way of describing the wrongness of that. But that’s what happened…”  – Bill Fox “…how […]

Porteous: AgHb-1

Site Name: Porteous County: Brant Borden Number: AgHb-1 Township: Brantford Date Excavated: 1969 Excavated By: Ian Kenyon, Bill Noble About the Site: The Porteous Site is located southeast of Brantford, Ontario, which eventually became the city dump. Following concerns about the long-term preservation of the site due to dumping activities, it was excavated in October […]

Jackes-Eglinton Site

Site Name: Jackes-Eglinton County: York Borden Number: Township: Toronto Date Excavated: 1887-1950s Excavated By: David Boyle, Everett James Case About the Site: The Jackes (Eglinton) site is located northwest of Eglinton and Avenue Roads in Toronto, and is today covered by Allanby Public School and housing developments. However, it was the subject of archaeological investigation […]

Hood Site (AiHa-7)

Site Name: Hood County: Hamilton-Wentworth Borden Number: AiHa-7 Township: Carlisle Date Excavated: 1977 Excavated By: Paul A. Lennox About the Site: Located near Freelton, Ontario, the Hood Site (AiHa-7) was excavated by Paul A. Lennox in 1977. The extensive excavations targeted large midden deposits, the village palisade and 14 longhouses associated with a Neutral Iroquoian […]

Hamilton Site (AiHa-5)

Site Name: Hamilton County: Hamilton-Wentworth Borden Number: AiHa-5 Township: West Flamborough Date Excavated: 1970, 72, 76 Excavated By: W.C. Noble, H. Devereux, P. Lennox About the Site: Located in West Flamborough township, the Hamilton site (AiHa-5) was the subject of surface-collection for amateur archaeologist George Gee (of Dundas, Ontario) as early as 1960. In 1969, […]

Fonger Site (AhHb-8)

Site Name: Fonger County: Brant Borden Number: AhHb-8 Township: Brantford Date Excavated: 1978, 1979 Excavated By: Gary Warrick About the Site: Located on the eastern bank of the Fairchild Creek tributary, near Brantford, Ontario, the Fonger Site (AhHb-8) was identified as a protohistoric Neutral Iroquois village, ca. AD 1590-1630. The site was excavated under the […]

Christianson Site (AiHa-2)

Site Name: Christianson County: Hamilton-Wentworth Borden Number: AiHa-2 Township: Beverley Date Excavated: 1969, 1979 Excavated By: William C. Noble, William R. Fitzgerald About the Site: The Christianson site is a Neutral village site dating to the 17th Century. The site was first excavated during two weekend tests in 1968 by Ian Kenyon and David Stothers […]

Uren: AfHd-3

Site Name: Uren County: Oxford Borden Number: AfHd-3 Township: South Norwich Date Excavated: 1977 Excavated By: Milton J. Wright About the Site: The Uren site (AfHd-3) is located just outside of Otterville, Ontario, in Norwich Township. The site was estimated to be 2.8 acres, located in cultivated farm land and bounded by a steep ravine. […]

Artifacts on Air

The collections held by Sustainable Archaeology McMaster mean many things to many different people. A group of artifacts can tell a story about a way of life and affords insight into how people have lived and changed in the region over thousands of years. In the past (and unfortunately still sometimes today), descendant communities and […]

Sustainable Education: New Visions for Teaching in the Field

The McMaster archaeological field school, directed by Dr. Scott Martin, has created a lot of buzz here at Sustainable Archaeology, and it has got us thinking about current approaches to teaching and learning in the field and how they relate to our goals for collections management and research in Ontario. A couple weeks ago, the […]

Middleport: AgHa-2

Site Name: Middleport County: Brant Borden Number: AgHa-2 Township: Onondaga Date Excavated: early 20th century, onwards Collections from: Frank Wood and George Gee About the Site: The Middleport Site is a fourteenth-century Middle Ontario Iroquois site in Onondaga Township, Brant County. It was excavated and explored numerous times. In 1912, Sir Frances Knowles and F.W […]

Slack-Caswell: AfHa-1

Site Name: Slack-Caswell County: Haldimand Borden Number: AfHa-1 Township: Townsend Date Excavated: 1971 Excavated By: Susan Jamieson, Bill Fox About the Site: The Slack-Caswell site (AfHa-1), located in a wooded plateau near Rockford, Ontario, was excavated in 1971 following small test excavations that identified a concentration of artifacts. Excavations uncovered a longhouse and two midden […]

Collins Site (AkGv-94)

Site Name: Collins Site Township: Glanford Borden Number: AkGv-94 County: Wentworth Date Excavated: 1982 Excavated By: William C. Noble About the Site: In 1982, William C. Noble directed short excavations of the Collins Site (AkGv-94) with students from McMaster University. The excavations targeted a house structure and two middens dating to the 13th-14th centuries A.D. […]