The archaeology field school at St. Joseph’s High School has been running since 2005.
- During second semester of each school year, Grade 12 students can sign up for two back-to-back full credit courses: Archaeology, and Canadian History.
- The first three months of the class involve in-class lessons on the theory and method of archaeology alongside lessons on early Canadian history.
- By May and June, the students are ready to dig. Every day for six weeks, the students board the school bus to Fort Willow for a half-day of real archaeological excavation.
- Each year, approximately 3,000 artifacts are recovered. These finds are cleaned and bagged by after-school student volunteers in the Archaeology Club, for eventual delivery to the Simcoe County Museum for storage and display.
- After each field season, a professional report is submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Culture by the teacher, Trevor Carter (who is also a licenced professional archaeologist with the Ontario Ministry of Culture).
Many students who have taken this course have gone on to post-secondary archaeological studies,or have found work with archaeological consulting companies around the province!
Some of our student diggers over the years: