Boyd Archaeological Field School 2018:

The Boyd Archaeological Field School’s 2018
session (our 41th season!) is an exciting opportunity for high school students to earn a high school credit in two weeks while getting real archaeological skills.

The Field School was founded in 1975, and has provided hundreds of students with the foundations of archaeological practice.  Many have gone on to post-secondary studies and careers in the field.

The course, open to students who have completed Grade 10, is offered as an Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University Prep credit (IDC4U).  The program is run by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a partnership with the York Region District School Board.

Students live in dormitories at Claremont Field Centre, north of Ajax, and excavate the nearby Sebastien site a 14th century village ancestral to the Huron-Wendat nation.  In addition to fieldwork, there are visits from Indigenous speakers, lectures by leading professionals, seminars, and hands-on workshops in ancient technologies such as flint-knapping (stone-tool making), firestarting kits, cordage, fishtraps and other re-creations.  Evaluation is based on fieldwork, written assignments, seminars, workshops and a final exam.

This summer’s course is takes place August 10th to 26th

Tuition is $2395 ($2695 for non-residents of Ontario).

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Inquiries can be directed to Aldo Missio 905-832-2289 x223

Field Director: Alistair Jolly

Sebastien Scholarship for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students

 We are offering two fully paid tuitions for eligible students -
see website for details:

Summer 2018 Field School

Organizer: Dr. James Conolly

Dates: May 1st to May 31st, 2018

Description: We will be working in the vicinity of Peterborough, ON, and mainly, but not exclusively concentrating our activities on the further definition and excavation of Historic and earlier settlement patterns.

Summer 2018 Field School

Contacts: Dr. James Conolly and Dr. Kimberly Monk

Dates: June 2nd to June 15th, 2018

Description: Great lakes summer course in Maritime Archaeology with Trent University. Participants will gain experience in recording 19th C shipwrecks and maritime landscapes, on location at Penetanguishene's Historic Naval and Military Establishment. Syllabus to be posted shortly. Please contact Dr. James Connolly or Dr. Kimberly Monk for further information.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Tay Point Archaeology Project 2018 Field School

Ahatsitstari Site, Penetanguishene

Contact: Dr. Bonnie Glencross (Ar219 Archaeological Field Methods)

Dates: May 14th to June 22nd, 2018

To participate: Please send an e-mail indicating your interest with the following:

Student Number
Year of Study
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McMaster University

Archaeological Field School at the Nursery (AhGx-8), Royal Botanical Gardens

Organizer: Dr. Scott Martin (Anthropology 3CC6)

Dates: April 30th to June 15th, 2018

Description: 7th archaeological field school at this multi-component, precontact and historic site.

Dependent on student enrollment

Contact us
Address: P.O. Box 62066, Victoria Terrace | Toronto | M4A 2W1

Phone: +1 (416) 406-5959


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