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University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program

The University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program is now concluded another excavation season in 2017! The Program operated Monday-Friday from May 23rd to June 23rd, 2017. Our thanks to all participants, we look forward to seeing you again next year!

The Public Archaeology Program offers a Laboratory Analysis Program and an Excavation Program.

Excavation Program

Excavation participants

Since 2014, the University of Calgary has offered a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Participants excavate alongside members of the Archaeological Field School at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site. Volunteers were supervised by experienced University of Calgary graduate students. Training in archaeological excavation techniques was provided on site. All artifacts from the site are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

Check out our brochure for more information about the volunteer excavation program!

 

 

Laboratory Analysis Program

Aerial Photo of Cluny Fortified Village SiteThe Laboratory Analysis Program 2017 will run Mondays and Tuesdays during July, August, and September. 

The volunteer Laboratory Analysis Program works with material from the excavations at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site in Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Participants analyze artifacts in an archaeological laboratory on the University of Calgary campus. Laboratory activities will include cataloging materials.

Participants will be supervised by advanced University of Calgary archaeology students. Training in archaeological laboratory techniques will be provided as well as detailed information about artifact identification and analysis. All artifacts are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

The program will operate from July through September 2017.

Beginning July 11 2017, Summer Volunteer Laboratory hours are Mondays from 10 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 5 PM, and Tuesdays from 10 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 5 PM.

Please register in advance by sending your name, date(s) of participation, and contact information to pubarky@ucalgary.ca.

There is no cost to participate. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the University of Calgary campus.  Participants must also provide their own computer with a working copy of Excel.

The minimum age of participation is 15. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. All participants will be required to complete a Volunteer Liability Waiver Form and a Photography Waiver Form. Participants under the age of 18 must also complete an Informed Consent Form.

Please see the "Registration" and "Volunteer Info" tabs for more information on what to expect during the program and the location of the laboratory.