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University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program

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

Excavation Program

Excavation participants

The Excavation Program is now complete for the season. Please check back next spring for the 2020 season. 

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 2019 Laboratory Analysis Program is on hiatus, please check back for updates or watch our Facebook page!

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. 

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.