Members Meeting - Wednesday
October 8th 2014
Midland - 7 PM
Subject - For Passion or Profit - a
paper presented at the Canadian Archaeological Association in May 2014
This paper will examine the role of the avocational
archaeologist over time in Ontario with a particular focus on the archaeology
In a landscape where most of the archaeology in Ontario
today is carried out by CRM companies under contract to the private sector and
by a few universities that can still squeeze out the funds to do research and
fieldwork, what is the role and motivation of the avocationalist?
In this paper we will examine the history of archaeology
in Huronia and the rich record left behind by pioneers in a field well before
there were any monetary rewards or many accolades to be had. Who were they,
what did they do and perhaps more importantly, why did they do it?
also examine where we are today. When about 10% of the archaeological licences
issued in Ontario are for avocational archaeologists, some with little formal
academic training or credentials, where can their interest and enthusiasm be
best used? As the regulations governing
archaeology tighten up and the bureaucracy stiffens, is it still an environment
that can attract those driven by passion rather than profit to do what the love
to do, or are the costs and liabilities becoming so high that they will either
not enter the field or crawl back into the dirt pile and become the pot hunters
of the past?
are open to the public at no charge.