St. Thomas Anglican Church (BaGi-21)

Site Name: St. Thomas Anglican Church (Burial Ground) Township: Belleville Borden Number: BaGi-21 County: Hastings Date Excavated: 1989 Excavated By: Heather McKillop, Shelley Saunders About the Site: At the request of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario, excavations were undertaken in the burial grounds surrounding the church in order to legally close the churchyard cemetery […]

“Arch. in the Workplace”: Collections & Community

Access and engagement are pivotal values for Sustainable Archaeology, and we routinely take part in events that provide the opportunity for community engagement, such as Doors Open and Day of Archaeology 2015. This month, we were asked to put together two displays for the 20th exhibit of Art in the Workplace (AWP). This programme has […]

The Value of Legacies: Revisiting Collections at Sustainable Archaeology McMaster

There is no doubt that McMaster’s Department of Anthropology and Sustainable Archaeology have benefited from legacy collections. In our last post, we detailed our methods for processing these assemblages to ensure their preservation and facilitate their use by researchers today. As the McMaster Legacy Collection Project progresses, the value of these materials and their reuse […]

Savage Site (AdHm-29)

Site Name: Savage County: Kent Borden Number: AdHm-29 Township: Howard Date Excavated: 1982 Excavated By: Carl Murphy About the Site:The Savage Site (AdHm-29) is a small legacy collection from excavations of a Middle Ontario Iroquoian settlement dating to circa 1350 A.D., located northeast of Chatham, Ontario. The site contained one long house and one midden. […]

Rocky Ridge (BbHj-16)

Site Name: Rocky Ridge Township: Kincardine Borden Number: BbHj-16 County: Bruce Date Excavated: 1969-70 Excavated By: Peter Ramsden About the Site: In 1969 and 1970, Peter Ramsden and students from the University of Toronto undertook a test excavation at the Rocky Ridge Site (BbHj-16). This excavation is only one part of a long history of […]

Cleveland: AhHb-7

Site Name: Cleveland County: Brant Borden Number: AhHb-7 Township: Brantford Date Excavated: 1971 Excavated By: William C. Noble About the Site: The Cleveland Site (AhHb-7) was excavated in 1971 by William C. Noble, after amateur archaeologist Douglas Mannen did small excavations and surface collections. The four-acre site is located northeast of Brantford (Fairchild Creek, Brant […]

Gunby: AiGx-5

Site Name: Gunby County: Wentworth Borden Number: AiGx-5 Township: Flamborough Date Excavated: 1977 Excavated By: Paddy Reid/Bob Rozel About the Site: A late Pickering village dated to 1300-1320 A.D. located on the Niagara escarpment. While ten longhouses were located, no middens were found and a palisade was not clearly defined. At SA McMaster:27 boxes of […]

Mills: AiHa-8

Site Name: Mills County: Wentworth Borden Number: AiHa-8 Township: Beverley Date Excavated: 1971 Excavated By: Ian Kenyon; George Gee About the Site: The Mills site was surveyed by Ian Kenyon in 1971 and is registered with the city of Hamilton as a Neutral village site. Lithic material was also collected from the site by George […]

McMaster Legacy Collection Project

A big part of our work at SA: McMaster is processing the legacy collections associated with decades of archaeological work by faculty and students in the McMaster anthropology department. We are tracking our progress and site information here, and also have a series of posts planned that detail what is involved in working with legacy collections.    While […]

Auguston: FfJq-1

Site Name: Auguston District: Kenora Borden Number: FfJq-1 Township: n/a Date Excavated: 1981 Excavated By: Diana Gordon About the Site: One of nine sites excavated/surveyed in the Northern Caribou Lake region as part of Diana Gordon’s MA fieldwork. The artifacts from the Auguston site date to the 1950s/60s and are associated with a trader’s cabin […]

Hurried Hare: FeJp-7

Site Name: Hurried Hare District: Kenora Borden Number: FeJp-7 Township: n/a Date Excavated: 1981 Excavated By: Diana Gordon About the Site: One of nine sites excavated/surveyed in the Northern Caribou Lake region as part of Diana Gordon’s MA fieldwork. Located nearby to the Job Site, Hurried Hare is possibly also a Laurel site. At SA […]

Job: FeJp-3

Site Name: Job District: Kenora Borden Number: FeJp-3 Township: n/a Date Excavated: 1981 Excavated By: Diana Gordon About the Site: One of nine sites excavated/surveyed in the Northern Caribou Lake region as part of Diana Gordon’s MA fieldwork. The Job Site, a Laurel campsite close to the Hurried Hare Site, has been dated to 600-1200 […]

Jenzen: AfGw-1

Site Name: Jenzen County: Haldimand Borden Number: AfGw-1 Township: North/South Cayuga Date Excavated: Possibly 1961 Excavated By: Unknown About the Site: The only associated record accompanying the Jenzen material in a handwritten note that includes reference to 1961 and a farm close to the Grand River. Material is labelled Jenzen, J, Jenz, or AfGw-1. As […]

Robertson: AiHa-12

Site Name: Robertson County: Wentworth Borden Number: AiHa-12 Township: Beverley Date Excavated: 1971 Excavated By: Ian Kenyon About the Site: The Robertson site was surveyed by Ian Kenyon in 1971 and is registered with the city of Hamilton as a Neutral village site. At SA McMaster: One box of material including ceramic (rims, shell-tempered, and […]

Guyatt: AgGw-4

Site Name: Guyatt County: Wentworth Borden Number: AgGw-4 Township: Binbrook Date Excavated: 1951 Excavated By: Douglas Bell About the Site: Douglas Bell first investigated the Guyatt site in 1937 and returned for a partial excavation in 1951 with a team from McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and the ROM. Bell noted in his 1963 […]

Mannen: AhHb-6

Site Name: Mannen County: Wentworth Borden Number: AhHb-6 Township: Flamborough Excavated By: William Noble, Doug Mannen Date Excavated: 1970s About the Site: The Mannen Site is a Neutral village that was excavated in the 1970s by McMaster faculty and students. Excavations focused on the site’s living areas and surrounding agricultural land. Material has been estimated […]