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February 19, 2004
Aboriginal Artifact Identification Clinic - A first for Toronto
Toronto is in the process of developing a planning strategy to discover more
about the archaeological
story of the city. Torontonians are invited to help preserve the city's
archaeological history by
bringing artifacts to its first ever Aboriginal Artifact Identification Clinic.

People are encouraged to bring items to the clinic that they have found in
their gardens, backyards or neighbourhoods. 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.
If you are uncertain about the type of item to bring to the clinic, please call
ahead to inquire at 416-338-1096.

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

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Rotunda

Saturday, March 6, 2 - 4 p.m.
Mohawk traditionalist Bill Woodworth will conduct a special opening ceremony at
2 p.m.

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

Although most parts of Toronto have been developed for housing, commercial and
recreational purposes, pockets of land remain that have not yet been disturbed.
Identifying and locating areas where artifacts were found can reveal evidence
of how aboriginal people lived, worked and played in the past.

The Aboriginal Artifacts Identification Clinic is an initiative under the City
of Toronto's Archaeological Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to
identify, evaluate and conserve Toronto's diverse archaeological resources. The
City of Toronto 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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