Boyd Archaeological Field School 1

This listing expired on August 10, 2018. Please contact for any updated information.


Season: August 10, 2018 to August 26, 2018

Session Dates: This is a residential program – students will stay on site Aug 10 -26, 2018. Students are also expected to participate in an on-line education component pre and post program (eLearning component to start approximately Aug 2, 2018).

Deadline Type: Rolling


RPA Certified:

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Durham District School Board Continuing Education

Project Director:
Aldo Missio - Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Project Description:

Founded in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum and TRCA in 1975, the Boyd Archaeological Field School (BAFS) is Canada’s only high school credit course offering students the opportunity to earn Grade 12 credits while participating in real archaeological fieldwork.

The course originated at the Boyd Field Centre, and annual excavations began at the Seed Barker site in the City of Vaughan, a 470-year old Late Ontario Iroquoian village that was first discovered in the late 1800s. BAFS has helped with the documentation of several Ontario archaeological sites and has most recently conducted excavations at the Sebastien site, a 700-year old Middle Iroquoian village located in Pickering, Ontario.

Since 1975, more than 1,200 Canadian and international students have experienced local archaeology through the program. Many alumni have gone on to pursue post-secondary studies, advanced degrees and careers in archaeology, anthropology, Indigenous law and related fields.

The Boyd Archaeological Field School takes place at the Claremont Nature Centre. Students gain important background material on archaeology and indigenous history through online learning and classroom sessions and get full on-the-job training in real archaeological skills.

This experiential course challenges students to strive for new levels of achievement in a team environment. Learning experiences include:

  • Excavation of a real archaeological site.
  • Hands-on activities such as flintknapping and other ancient technologies.
An academic classroom component featuring sessions led by certified teachers and professional archaeologists, as well as guest lectures from leading experts.

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Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Iroquoian Period


Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 16 Days

Experience Required: Completion of grade 10 recommended.

Room and Board Arrangements:
The Claremont Nature Centre is an outdoor education facility on conservation land in Pickering Ontario. The dorms, classrooms, lounge and dining hall are all housed in a cedar chalet-style building constructed in 1970. Learn more about Claremont. Cost: Included in tuition

Academic Credit:
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4O/U) credit and a Co-op credit credits offered by Durham District School Board. Tuition is $2,395.00 (Canadian Resident) $2,695.00 (Non-Canadian Resident).

Contact Information:

Aldo Missio

5 Shoreham Drive



M3N 1S4


Phone: 905-832-2289 ext. 223

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