Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Field season is underway in Huronia

Just a reminder -
 What is the penalty for digging without a license?

The Ontario Heritage Act prohibits anyone from disturbing or altering an archaeological site — whether on land or under water — unless they hold a valid archaeological licence issued
 by the ministry. You may be disturbing an archaeological site, if you pick up arrowheads in a farmer's field, grade an archaeological site with a bulldozer, or take objects from a shipwreck.
Anyone who disturbs or alters an archaeological site or removes an artifact from a site without a licence can be fined or imprisoned. A person or a director of a corporation found in violation of the act or its regulations can face a fine of up to $1,000,000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both. A corporation found in violation of the act or the regulations can face a fine of up to $250,000.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What should we do?

One of our members went for an exploratory walk on a property where the roads were cut in last fall. After requesting a copy of the archaeological assessment from the municipality we were advised that there wasn't one as the plan was approved in the 80's before assessments were required? The land is in a historic area (Possibly related to Champlain's visit to Huronia) with both registered and non registered sites around it, it is sandy loam soil, it has a source of fresh water nearby, it is on a ridge with a defensible position overlooking a bay and it has plenty of room for a village.
So what's next? Do this become an advocacy project for the chapter? Does this require political action? Does this warrant community activism? Or do we just passively walk away and let another development possibly destroy another site without even attempting an assessment.
You thoughts would be appreciated.

Artifacts are from a private collection.

These artifacts are from a private collection believed by some to be from the Wendat village of Toanche that Champlain visited in August of 1615. If you our your family members have artifacts like these, we would like to know. Please contact the Huronia chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society via the Huronia museum so that we can arrange to photograph them and add them to our knowledge of the area. -

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Members Meeting - Wednesday March 14th 2014

Members Meeting -  Wednesday May 14th 2014

 Huronia Museum, Midland - 7 PM

The talk on May 14th will be by Brian Charles a member of the Georgiana Island Lake Simcoe Ojibway.  Brian will speak on the importance of wampum and wampum belts among the Ojibway over the past 400 years.

Meetings are open to the public at no charge.
A brief business meeting will be held after the presentation for Huronia chapter members.