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Partners in the Past: U of T and OAS Digs

Archaeological and Photographic Exhibit


In his 1970 article, 'The Ontario Archaeological Society: Two Decades of Development', Dr. J. N. Emerson of the University of Toronto stated that: "In the first decade of the society, the university very much depended upon the trained members of the OAS to help them run, direct, and supervise their large student digs...I am very grateful for the help of the OAS during those years. It could not have been done without such help."

As the Ontario Archaeological Society celebrated its 50th year in the year 2000, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto presented this exhibit to highlight those early digs that involved the cooperation of both institutions.

In the first decade of the society, members assisted Dr. Emerson in excavations at such sites as Ault Park, Aurora, Bennett, Benson, Black Creek, Bosomworth, Downsview, Graham Rogers, MacMurchy, Parsons, Seed-Barker, Thompson and Warminster. The artifacts from these excavations reside at the University of Toronto and form the basis of this exhibit. The sites exhibited range in time from Middle Archaic to Late Iroquoian and in geography from Hamilton to Cornwall (W-E) and Lake Ontario to Huronia (S-N).


This exhibit, housed in University of Toronto's Sidney Smith Hall, opened on 18 October 2000 and closed in the fall of 2001.  A number of artifacts, maps and photographs from the early years of Ontario archaeology were on display, coupled with informative text.  In addition, a special exhibit dedicated to the distinguished career of Dr. J. N. Emerson was created in celebration of his collaboration with the OAS.  In his memory, the Department of Anthropology has created the J.N. Emerson Fund which will be used to preserve, record and research archaeological and photographic collections dealing with Ontario archaeology.



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For more information, please contact:

Kathy David, Curator and Archaeological Lab Technician
Department of Anthropology, Unversity of Toronto
19 Russell Street
Toronto, Ontario   M5S 2S2
Telephone: (416) 978-6293
Fax:   (416) 978-3217  
E-mail:   kathy.david@utoronto.ca


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