Upcoming events

    • May 22, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Trent University Room B104, Life Health Sciences/DNA Building

    Speaker: Dena Doroszenko
    Topic: Archaeology at the Niagara Apothecary

    As a professional archaeologist Dena Doroszenko has directed a wide range of public archaeology programs and excavations for the Ontario Heritage Trust. In her presentation she will share some of her recent experiences designing and implementing historical and archaeological projects, including some remarkable experiences excavating and restoring a nineteenth century pharmacy. She describes her presentation as follows:

    “In 1964, pharmacist E. W. Field, closed his practice in Niagara-on-the-Lake due to ill health. This pharmacy had been in operation for a total of 156 years by 6 pharmacists, 5

    of whom had been apprenticed to their predecessors. Re-opened in 1971 as an authentic restoration of an 1866 pharmacy, the building is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and curated by the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Several archaeological investigations have taken place in the rear yard of the apothecary, most recently in 2017 with further work planned in 2018. The excavation of a large feature recovered hundreds of pharmaceutical bottles dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. This assemblage allows for discussion on the role of the pharmacist in a small community as well as allowing observations to be made regarding the community’s behaviour and social needs with this service over time particularly in response to disease. The local apothecary was part of an old tradition, that of being a medical advisor and this site has a wealth of historical records and archaeological data to review developments in local health in small town Ontario. In 2017, celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th, our project was a public collaborative archaeology project with volunteers from the Niagara Historical Society and Museum and resulting in a very large number of visitors to the site.”

    Since 1978, Dena Doroszenko has worked for a series of public and private agencies resulting in her involvement with a wide variety of archaeological and historic sites across the Province of Ontario. Prior experience with professional and avocational archaeological societies, teaching public archaeology programs and directing excavations have provided opportunities to be directly involved in policy development, public education, promotion and advocacy. As the Senior Archaeologist for the Ontario Heritage Trust since 1987, her responsibilities include the design and implementation of historical and archaeological research programs including collections management, focussing on the wide range of provincially significant sites that fall under the purview of the Trust. Her research interests include urban archaeology in Toronto, the archaeology of domestic sites, public archaeology, industrial archaeology, African-Canadian studies and historic material culture across Ontario.

    This presentation is part of the Peterborough Chapter’s monthly Public Speakers Series, conducted with the support of the City of Peterborough and the Trent University Archaeological Centre. Members of the public are invited. There is no charge. Light refreshments will be served. For further information contact chapter secretary, Dirk Verhulst, at dverhulst@cogeco.ca.


    • May 31, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 Orillia - Vimy Lounge

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • May 31, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 Orillia - Vimy Lounge

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • June 04, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Collingwood Public Library - Meeting Rooms B and C

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • June 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Collingwood Public Library - Meeting Rooms B and C

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • June 05, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cookstown Library and Community Centre - Community Hall

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • June 06, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Midland Public Library - Assembly Room

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • June 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Midland Public Library - Assembly Room

    The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological  features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities.

    Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local  planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come.

    Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:

    Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries

    Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential

    Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites

    Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and  consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into  the municipal planning and development review process

    Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities

    Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)

    Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019.

    The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings.

    • June 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Trent University Room B104, Life Health Sciences/DNA Building

    Speaker: Sean Berger


    • October 17, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

    Speakers: Rhiannon Fisher, M.Sc., RPA, Archaeologist, Golder Associates and Carla Parslow, Ph.D., Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates

    Topic: The Unexpected Finds at AhHa-317, a Late Woodland Habitation Site in Hamilton, Ontario

    AhHa-317 has been interpreted as a cabin site or special use site with a Late Woodland Attawandaron (Neutral) Iroquoian affiliation. Preliminary analysis of the pre-colonial Indigenous assemblage revealed a large amount of chipping detritus, projectile points and other lithic tools indicative of hunting activities related to food acquisition. Pottery, including decorated pieces, dated the assemblage to c. 1400 - 1600. While this artifact assemblage is typical of Woodland sites in the area, the significant number of artifacts related to fishing, such as a bone harpoon, netsinker, and fish scales, is distinctive. A phallic stone, possibly an effigy used as a pestle, is an exceptional find. This talk explores the frequency and relationship of fishing instruments to other artifacts found on Late Woodland sites within the region, including sites of the Grand River Valley. This talk also explores possible uses for the phallic effigy recovered during excavation.

    We encourage all interested persons to attend Toronto Chapter meetings free of charge and invite you to become a member of the OAS and the Chapter. Bring a friend!

    There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time to socialize with other members.

Past events

May 17, 2018 Hamilton Chapter - Demographic Disasters and Their Consequences: Revisiting Shell-Tempering Pottery at Neutral Iroquoian Sites
May 16, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Canadians and the Early Years of the SAA
April 24, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - NO MEETING
April 18, 2018 Toronto Chapter - The French Mission of Kenté: Examining its Place 350 Years Later
April 12, 2018 London Chapter - Untapping the Potential of 3D Archaeological Modeling
April 11, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Willow Depot Project
April 11, 2018 Windsor Chapter - "From Rocks to Reconciliation: Stage 5, Are We There Yet?"
April 10, 2018 Grand River Chapter - The Ball Site Fauna and Faunal Artifacts
March 27, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - The Richardson Site Project
March 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Water Level Management on the Rainy River and Indirect Impacts to Archaeological Sites
March 16, 2018 Thunder Bay Chapter - 2018 Lake Superior Basin Workshop
March 15, 2018 Ottawa Chapter - The Lansdowne Ironworks – A Community Archaeological Project
March 14, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Sacred Landscapes and the Ancient Town of Nebo
March 13, 2018 Grand River Chapter - Ritual, Social Organization, and Monumental Architecture: A Case Study of Monumental Tombs in the Göksu Valley, Turkey
March 09, 2018 Thunder Bay Chapter - "Archaeologists Never find the Good Stuff"
March 08, 2018 London Chapter - Ongoing Remote Sensing Work at the Gallinazo Group Site in the Virú Valley, Peru
March 06, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - Archaeology of the Franklin Expedition: The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror
February 27, 2018 Peterborough Chapter - “What was on the menu in the Peterborough area thirteen hundred years ago?”
February 21, 2018 Toronto Chapter - Curating Vikings: The Exhibition
February 15, 2018 Hamilton Chapter - The Third Voice: Examining The Archaeology of the Underground Railroad in Southern Ontario
February 14, 2018 Windsor Chapter - Preliminary GPR and Magnetometer Results from the WEDigHistory Geophysics Survey
February 14, 2018 Huronia Chapter - Archaeology of the Oro African Church
November 17, 2017 2017 Annual OAS Symposium
November 04, 2016 2016 OAS Symposium
April 21, 2016 Ottawa Chapter Meeting
April 20, 2016 Toronto Chapter Meeting
April 14, 2016 London Chapter Meeting
April 13, 2016 Windsor Chapter Talk
October 16, 2015 OAS 2015 Symposium – Circles of Interaction: The Wendat and their Neighbours in the Time of Champlain
September 05, 2015 Peterborough Chapter Book Launch
October 23, 2014 The Land Between OAS Annual Conference - Peterborough 2014
September 17, 2014 Toronto Chapter September 2014 Meeting
September 11, 2014 London Chapter September 2014 Meeting
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