More Than 1.25 Million Artifacts Uncovered in GTA During 32 Years of Summer Student Program

    - Students Discover The Past at Archeological Sites -

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - Want to try your hand at being Indiana Jones
this summer? Uncovering hidden mysteries, excavating artifacts, participating
in digging expeditions and learning ancient tool technologies are just some of
the things that students are doing at the Toronto and Region Conservation's
(TRCA) Boyd Archaeological Field School, Canada's longest running high school
archaeology course that has now just extended its registration period for
anyone who's looking to mix learning with adventure.
    "When people think of archaeology, they don't necessarily think of
Toronto, but it's alive and well" said Cathy Crinnion, an archaeologist with
Archaeology Resource Management Services in Restoration Services at TRCA. "Our
students have the opportunity to hold in their hands items that were left
behind by people hundreds or thousands of years ago - stone or metal tools,
pottery vessel fragments, evidence of their houses - it all brings the past to
life in such a meaningful way, like a 500-year-old pot fragment that was fired
with an impression of the maker's fingerprint."
    The three week program is offered by TRCA in cooperation with the York
Region District School Board, and a Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies credit
is awarded to students who successfully complete the course. It offers
students a unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on experience to study
the process of archaeology, the history and ways of life of Aboriginal peoples
and the later settlers of Ontario. The internationally acclaimed program was
awarded the prestigious Peggy Armstrong Award in Public Archaeology by the
Ontario Archaeological Society in 2006, and each year students from across
Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the USA attend.
    Students spend much of their time in field studies where they learn how
to excavate small portions of real archaeological sites in the GTA; last year
the site was an early 19th century homestead with a pottery making kiln, and
the property also had evidence of a campsite dating back some 9,000 years.
They will also spend time in the classroom to learn theory, with renowned
guest lecturers from the province's universities, museums and private sector,
and participating in experimental archaeology activities.
    More than 1,100 students have graduated from this program, and many have
taken on careers in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, urban planning
or environmental studies. The program runs from July 27-August 16, at the
Claremont Field Centre, near Claremont in north Pickering. The cost of the
program is $1,195 for Ontario students and $1,525 for out-of-province
students, which includes lodging, meals and all course materials. Applicants
must have completed grade 10 by June 30, 2008.
    For more information about the program or to register, contact Cathy
Crinnion, TRCA at 416.661.6600 ext.5323 or

    About TRCA:

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R) - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to
live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at

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