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March 2, 2004
Media Advisory: Help preserve Toronto's archaeological history Aboriginal artifact identification clinic comes to City Hall
What: Torontonians are invited to bring aboriginal artifacts found in gardens,
backyards or neighbourhoods to an aboriginal artifact identification clinic
this weekend.

The focus is only on aboriginal artifacts. These could include items such as
arrowheads, pieces of flint, decorated earthenware pottery, bone tools, stone
artifacts or unusual stones.

Media will have the opportunity to capture the first-hand assessments.

Who: Dr. Ron Williamson, Peter Carruthers and Dr. Andrew Stewart from
Archaeological Services Inc., together with other staff, will be on hand to
identify the artifacts and provide a verbal assessment outlining a time period
and cultural affinity. Artifacts will be documented, photographed and returned
to the owners.

A special opening ceremony will be conducted by Mohawk traditionalist Bill
Woodworth at 2 p.m.

When: Saturday, March 6, 2004 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Free admission

Where: City Hall
100 Queen St. W., Rotunda

Why: Information gained at the clinic will provide the City of Toronto with
valuable knowledge about where aboriginal sites may have existed within Toronto.

The aboriginal artifact identification clinic is an initiative under the City
of Toronto Culture Division's Archaeological Master Plan. The purpose of the
plan is to identify, evaluate and conserve Toronto's diverse archaeological
resources. The City of Toronto Culture Division contracted the Archaeological
Services Inc. firm to develop the Archaeological Master Plan. The Plan's
project team includes representation from the First Nations community and
cultural resource management consultants.

Media contact:
Susan Hughes, Special Projects, Archaeology, Heritage Preservation Services,
Culture Division, Economic Development Culture and Tourism, 416-338-1096



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