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University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program

The Public Archaeology Program is hibernating until further notice. We hope to return next year with a new Excavation Program. Check back for updates! 

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

Excavation Program

Excavation participants

In 2014 and 2015, the University of Calgary offered a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Participants excavated alongside members of the Archaeology 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.



Laboratory Analysis Program

Aerial Photo of Cluny Fortified Village SiteThe Laboratory Analysis Program is on hiatus until further notice.

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 archaeology laboratory on the University of Calgary campus. Laboratory activities may include cataloging material, pottery reconstruction, and artifact photography.