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University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program

The Public Archaeology Program is on hiatus until the 2019 season. Check back for updates in April 2019!

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

Excavation Program

Excavation participants

The Excavation Program is accepting registrations for the Summer 2018 Program, which will operate from May 22 to June 22. 

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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 are supervised by experienced University of Calgary graduate students. Training in archaeological excavation techniques are 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 Winter 2018 Laboratory Analysis Program is operating Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from January 9th to April 11th, 2018

The University of Calgary is offering a volunteer laboratory analysis program to work primarily with material from a bison bone bed in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Participants will analyze artifacts in an archaeology laboratory on the University of Calgary campus. Laboratory activities will include analyzing archaeological materials and cataloging them using Excel.

Participants will be supervised by University of Calgary graduate students. Training in archaeological laboratory techniques will be provided as well as detailed information about artifact identification and analysis. 

Beginning January 9th and ending April 11th, 2018, Volunteer Laboratory hours are Mondays from 11:30am to 2:30pm, Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00pm, and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:30pm in Science Theaters 018. (Please note that there will be no lab hours between February 19th and March 2nd.)

Please register in advance by sending your name, date(s), desired start time of participation, and contact information to Volunteers are not required to participate for the entire time slot.

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.