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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Canada - Ontario - Boyd Archaeological Field School

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2010-08-01
End Date 2010-08-21

Multiple Sessions No
Multiple Session information N/A
Archaeology Field School Location
Claremont Conservation Field Centre Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Archaeology Field School Tuition
Ontario Students: $1295* CDN Out-of-Province Students: $1625* CDN *Prices include all meals, field trips, supervised overnight accommodation, professional staff and lab fees.
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Dormitory Accommodation, meals and classes are all held at the Claremont Conservation Field Centre and are included in the course fees.
Archaeology Field School Travel
Students are responsible for their own transportation to the field school.

Archaeology Field School Description

Entering its 34th year, the Boyd Archaeological Field School operates under the sponsorship of the Continuing Education Department of the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and enjoys a well deserved international reputation for excellence. The Field School is a three-week grade 12 credit course (IDC4U). The programme is offered for interested students by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority(TRCA) in cooperation with the YDRSB and the Royal Ontario Museum. Students from across Canada and abroad have participated in the program arriving from countries as close as the USA and as far as Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Nicaragua, Poland, and South Africa. During the Field School, students reside at the Claremont Field Centre in Pickering. The course accepts 40 students each summer, and since 1975, approximately 1,200 students have successfully completed the program. These students spend alternating days in the field and in the classroom, often with renowned guest lecturers from Ontario universities, museums and the private sector. Students meticulously excavate small portions of actual archaeological sites. For instance, the Seed-Barker site, an Iroquoian village located north of Toronto, was excavated over the course of 25 years by students who recovered more than 1.25 million artifacts and documented 21 longhouses. In 2008 and 2009, excavations were held at the site of the 19th century home of a blacksmith and his family, and the artifacts and house foundations will continue to be explored this coming year. Off-site instruction during the course incorporates hands-on experience in Aboriginal technologies with lectures and assignments focused on the history of the Aboriginal peoples of Ontario and elsewhere in the Americas. This Field School provides a unique opportunity for high school students to learn, first-hand, the process of archaeology in Ontario and to contribute directly to the understanding of Ontario’s past. In addition, the course provides a chance for students to engage in a wide range of learning activities not possible in a regular school environment. The students gain an understanding of the culture and contributions of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and 19th century settlers. Through the study of history, students can view current Aboriginal issues and concerns with greater clarity. By becoming more knowledgeable about Aboriginal cultures, students participate in the ongoing process of defining Canada, a Canada more appreciative of its diverse peoples. The Field School is rare in the Ontario secondary school system in that the job transferable skill set acquired through the course has provided a university level foundation for advanced studies. Graduating students have progressed to undergraduate and graduate programs in anthropology, biology, geography, history, forensic sciences and paleontology. Many former students have secured professional employment in the archaeological community. The programme is designed in a manner to support students with special needs, both academic and physical. Additionally, special efforts continue to be made to attract Aboriginal students to the course. The Boyd Archaeological Field School was the recipient of the 2005 Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award, presented by the Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society. Bob Burgar, former lead archaeologist, was a multi-year finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Time Period
19th Century
Field School Setting/Conditions
- Physical outdoor work is required - Students are not permitted to smoke at any time during this course - All participants live in dorms - Special diets will be accommodated - Arrangements can be made for mobility impaired students and students with special academic needs - Students must adhere to YRDSB and TRCA behaviour policies - Students from outside Ontario should contact us regarding any concerns
How is the project area accessed each day
Both the Claremont Field Centre and Graham House Site are located on the Claremont Property. Students are required to walk to the site each day.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
Example of a Day at BAFS: 7:30- Breakfast 8:00- Group A: field - Group B: in class 12:00- Lunch 1:00- Group A: field - Group B: in class 4:15- Free Time 5:00- Dinner 5:45- Housekeeping activities 6:00- Lecture, lab or hands on activity 9:00- Snack, recreation or homework 11:00- Lights out Groups A and B alternate full days between the excavation and the classroom/hands-on sessions.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
entering our 34th year!
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Director Cathy Crinnion (416)661-6600 Ext 5323
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Course Components: -an introduction to archaeological theory - archaeological excavation field work - analysis of artifacts - study of past Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian histories - introduction to modern Aboriginal philosophies, worldview and contemporary social issues - analysis of the environment of the culture - flintknapping and other lost arts Course Work: - a Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies credit (IDC4U) is awarded on successful completion of the field school - evaluation is based on archaeological field and lab work, classroom participation, essays, assignments and a final exam
On rain days will there be lab work?
Depending on the amount of rain, students may be required to continue field work, or participate in lectures relevant to field techniques
Will there be additional organized activities?
Will there be additional organized activities?
Is travel restriced during free time?

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Cathy Crinnion, M.A., APA Archaeologist Archaeology Resource Management Services Restoration Services Toronto and Region Conservation Office:(416)661-6600 Ext 5323 Fax:(416)667-6289

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