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, he drew Dr. W.C. Noble’s attention to the site. Under Noble’s supervision, McMaster students mapped and excavated the site in 1970, and joined by Laurentian University students and Professor Helen Devereux in 1972. In 1976, Paul Lennox excavated an additional two houses at the site. A total of 14, 390 square feet of the estimated six-acre site have been excavated to date.
This site was considered to be the latest-dating historic Neutral town (ca. AD1650) investigated in the core Neutral territory. Initial analysis was challenged by the lack of comparative data beyond the nearby Walker Site. Nevertheless, Hamilton was used as a source for better understanding Neutral lifestyle in the 17th century and sociocultural relationships and organisation as the Confederacy crumbled.
At SA McMaster:
Note all locations are approximate and do not represent actual archaeological sites.