Friday, July 27, 2012

Public Archaeology Day - August 11th and 12th

The Ontario Archaeological Society's Huronia Chapter in cooperation with Simcoe County Forests and with the support of the OAS is hosting a limited dig at a Huron Wendat village site within a county forest located between Midland and Penetang. It is not known at this time if this village was inhabited during the time of contact with the French (1615-49) or was active earlier (possibly as early as the 1400s). Perhaps the digging on the 11th and 12th will help determine that.

The dig will be conducted under the licence of Dr. Alicia Hawkins of Laurentian University.

Anyone interested in participating in this event should contact the Huronia Chapter, email

The number of participants will be limited by the number of qualified volunteers and resources available.

Please let us know ASAP if you wish to attend.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Few Simple Questions?

There are a number of questions that people developing an interest in archaeology in Huronia should concern themselves with before going to far in their pursuit. Some of the more simple questions might be;

1-Who owns the artifacts?
2-Can anyone dig?
3-What is the penalty for digging without a license?
4-How can I get more involved?
5-Who are the descendants of the people who once lived here?
6-What happens if we find a burial?

The readers of this blog range in their expertise and experience from nil to professional and research archaeologists. It will be interesting to read in the comments and or other posts just what the answers might be to the questions raised above based on the knowledge base of the respondents. Some of the answers are simple while others are less clear and may require some research. Or you can just shoot from the hip and give your best guess. If you come across a definitive answer that is too long to be transcribed please just give a reference to the document that you have chosen as your source.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

documentary on Mantle Site

Mary Ormsby in the Toronto Star on The Curse of the Ax, documentary about the Mantle Site near Stouffville.  Doc. airs on Monday July 9 2012, 8 pm on the History Channel

see the article