Boyd Archaeological Field School 2

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Location: Pickering, ON, CA

Season: August 10, 2018 to August 26, 2018

Application Deadline: May 25, 2018

Deadline Type: Rolling


RPA Certified:

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

Project Director:
Alistair Joly

Project Description:

Boyd Archaeological Field School

August 10th to 26th, 2018

Earn two high school credits this summer while getting real archaeological skills.

The course, open to students who have completed Grade 10, is offered as an Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University Prep or Open credit (IDC4U/O), and a Co-op Credit. The program is run by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a partnership with Durham Continuing Education.

The course combines real fieldwork skills at an actual archaeological site, with online and classroom learning.

Participants 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 sessions 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 project.

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.

Tuition is $2395 ($2695 for non-residents of Canada. Non-residents who wish to receive Ontario High School Credits must arrange to pay a fee of $1775 CDN directly to Durham Continuing Education).

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Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Woodland Iroquoian

A unique high-school credit course offering real archaeological fieldwork

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 17 days

Minimum Age: 14

Experience Required: Completion of Grade 10

Room and Board Arrangements:
Meals and accommodation included.  Students stay at the Claremont Nature Centre, a year-round outdoor education facility.  Rooms of two to four beds. Cost: Canadian residents: $2395 CDN. Non-residents of Canada: $2695 CDN (Non-residents wishing to receive official credit must arrange additional payment of $1775 CDN with Durham Continuing Education

Academic Credit:
2 Ontario High School Senior Credits credits offered by Durham Continuing Education. Tuition: Canadian residents: $2395 CDN. Non-residents of Canada: $2695 CDN (Non-residents wishing to receive official credit must arrange additional payment of $1775 CDN with Durham Continuing Education.

Contact Information:

Aldo Missio

5 Shoreham Drive



M3N 1S4


Phone: 905-832-2289 x223

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