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Excavation Program

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What to Bring

Archaeology at Cluny Fortified Village Site Participants must bring their own lunch, water and water bottles, sun screen, bug repellent, hats, work gloves, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Please check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. For safety reasons, close-toed shoes are required to participate in the excavations. Pets are NOT allowed at the excavation site.

What to Expect

Archaeological excavations require physical activity including kneeling, bending, lifting, screening soil, walking, and carrying heavy objects. Volunteers will be participating in all archaeological excavation activity including digging, screening, recording artifacts, note taking, unit mapping, and drawing excavation profiles. Digging equipment will be provided and volunteers will be trained in archaeological excavation techniques. Participants will meet at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre parking lot at 9:00 AM each day and will be driven to the site. Work will finish between 3:30 and 4:00 PM, and volunteers driven back to the Interpretive Centre. Porta potties will be available at the site. Cost Cost consists of the daily admission fee to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Adults: $12.00 + GST, Youth (8-17): $8.00 + GST, Seniors (65+): $8.00 + GST. See the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Website for details.


Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is located in the Canadian Badlands Region, about an hour’s drive east of Calgary. From Calgary, drive east on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) for 100 kilometers, then drive 7 kilometers south on Highway 842.

Archaeology at Cluny Fortified Village Site














Laboratory Analysis Program

What to Bring

Laboratory participants must bring their own laptop with a working copy of Microsoft Excel.

What to Expect

Laboratory work is much less strenuous than field work! Participants will work at tables with packets of artifacts, recording information into excel spreadsheets and lightly cleaning artifacts.


Laboratory work is done in the basement of Science Theaters, Room 018. 

Campus Map

Map to Science Theaters 018


The University of Calgary can be accessed through University Station on a NW/SW bound train.

Parking Lots 

The closest lots to the Lab are:

Lot 21 – $8.00 per entry only after 3pm

Lot 22 - $4.00 hourly up to a daily maximum of $20.00

Please note that there is no free parking at the University.

Parking Lot Map

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Car2Go offers some parking stations on the University of Calgary campus. Please visit the Car2Go website to find out more information.