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2017 Archaeological Field School

AR219* Archaeological Field Methods: War of 1812 Investigations at Canada's Bloodiest Battlefield

  • May 8 - June 16, Fort Erie, Ontario
  • Professor: John Triggs

Applications are due no later than Jan. 30, 2017.

Please submit a covering letter or e-mail with the following information:

  • Name
  • Student Number
  • Year of Study at Laurier
  • Registered Major
  • Contact Information: phone, email, address

Please leave covering letter in an envelope in Triggs' mailbox on the first floor of 202 Regina Street, outside the Archaeology and Classical Studies Department Office, or drop the application off to Triggs in person at 202 Regina St., Room 106J or send by email to jtriggs@wlu.ca.

Eligibility Criteria

  • AR219* is a required course for the Archaeology and Heritage Studies program.
  • Priority will be given to Archaeology and Heritage Studies majors, although students from any departmental program, or faculty at Laurier, are eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must be in academic good-standing and a full-time or part-time registered student.
  • Experience in archaeological excavation is not a prerequisite.

Background Information

  • The field school introduces students to modern archaeological techniques. Stratigraphic excavation methods will be used in an examination of buried features relating to the 1814 siege of Fort Erie by American forces and, in addition, the oldest British military fort in the province. Students will be instructed in all aspects of field excavation including photography, surveying, plan- and section-drawing, artifact identification and processing.
  • Classroom lectures will be scheduled on the WLU Waterloo campus during the week of May 8-12.
  • Fieldwork will take place on site between May 15 and June 16. During this period students will live together in an historic house in Fort Erie (Bertie Hall) owned by the Niagara Parks Commission. Weekends are free and students have the option of staying at Bertie Hall.
  • The normal work day will be from about 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • Tours of the fort and other historic sites in the Niagara Peninsula associated with the War of 1812 are planned.
  • The total estimates cost is $750-800 plus tuition for two courses (AR219* counts for 1.0 credit, or two 0.5 credit courses).