On Tuesday Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Trent University’s DNA Building (Room B104), the Peterborough Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society presents:



The Chemong Portage and other trails in the Peterborough area were used specifically by the Mississauga on their annual fishing runs down to Lake Ontario. The Portage was also used by the first permanent European settlers who arrived in the area circa 1817. The Middle Woodland Brock Street Burial is located very close to the Chemong Portage in downtown Peterborough.

 In his presentation, Mr. Karcich will discuss the importance of the Chemong Portage and seven other trails in southern Ontario to the Indigenous people. He will explain how far back in the past they existed and for how long these portages were in use after the arrival of Europeans, as well as their contributions to our modern roadways.

 These topics are explored in Mr. Karcich’s new book, "The Legacy of Vanished Trails" and will be discussed at the October meeting of the POAS.  Copies of his book will be available at that time.  Mr. Karcich holds a provincial avocational archaeologist’s license and is the Director of Publications for the Ontario Archaeological Society.

 This presentation is part of the Peterborough Chapter’s regular Speakers Series, which is open to the public at no charge, and conducted with the support of the City of Peterborough and the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre.  Light refreshments will be served.  For further information contact: Tom Mohr, chapter president, at mohr@utsc.utoronto.ca or Dirk Verhulst, chapter secretary at dverhulst@cogeco.ca.


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“Archaeological Society Commences New Speakers Series at Trent University”

Above: Prof. William Fox (standing left) and Dr. James Conolly (standing right)

 Members of the public are invited to attend the Peterborough Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society’s first public meeting of the 2017-8 season on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Trent University’s DNA Building, Room B104. (Please note the new location)

 The presentation will feature two archaeologists from Trent University, Dr. James Conolly and Professor William Fox; both Peterborough Chapter members, who recently spoke at the Canadian Archaeological Association’s 50th Annual Meeting.

 Dr. Conolly will provide new insights into how archaeologists gather and process the data used to establish local archaeological timelines.   

“Our recent work,” said Dr. Conolly,  “examines the fit between 'best guess' estimates of the temporal ranges of the commonly used cultural phases used for Ontario's archaeological record, such as ‘Broadpoint Archaic’ or ‘Early Woodland,’ against absolute dates derived from radiocarbon analysis. The presentation will review the challenges of obtaining and working with this type of data and suggest where some revisions to the best-guess estimates are warranted.”

 Prof. Fox will discuss the changing role of non-professionals in Ontario Archaeology.

 “The investigation of Indigenous and European archaeological sites in what is now the Province of Ontario spans a period of nearly two centuries,” said Prof. Fox.  “While much of the earliest work involved ‘digging for curiosities,’ establishment of the Canadian Institute in 1849 resulted in a more scientific pursuit of knowledge. With the creation of a Provincial archaeologist and the staffing of academic positions, the professional and avocational/collector branches of archaeological activity split in the latter decades of the 19th century; however, both remained active. My part of the presentation will explore how the interplay between them strengthened the still nascent professional branch during the early 20th century, leading to the increased professionalization of the discipline in the second half of the century.”

The evening is part of Peterborough Chapter’s regular Speakers Series, which is open to the public at no charge, and conducted with the support of the City of Peterborough and the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre. Light refreshments will be served. Please note map below for the location of this presentation.

For further information contact:

Tom Mohr, chapter president, at mohr@utsc.utoronto.ca or Dirk Verhulst, chapter secretary at dverhulst@cogeco.ca.