The staff at MOA wanted to share how we became hooked on archaeology. We would love to hear how you got hooked on archaeology too, so please leave us your story in the comment section below!
Joan, Executive Director
Some of my earliest memories as a child are the many family visits we took to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and the RCMP Museum. I can still clearly visualize many of the exhibits that fascinated me as I imagined what life must have been like so many years ago. My interest in people and cultures led me to Anthropology in university, but it was my first field course in archaeology that set me on my career path. We were excavating a bison pound site and the experience of uncovering the bone bed and tools needed to hunt these massive animals and survive on the prairies was exciting. Read more
Our changing landscapes can reveal much about how communities develop and we can learn much about London’s past by studying how our landscape has changed.
Did you know that London Ontario contains hundreds of archaeological sites scattered throughout the city? Some of these sites might even be located in your neighborhood. A new exhibit at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology will explore London’s Changing Landscapes and provide insight on how archaeology is conducted. The early history of London includes aboriginal, pioneer, and early military functions. With new development and reuse of our landscape, London’s history can be studied through excavated archaeological sites, archived stories, maps, and photographs. Read more
MOA is seeking input to guide plans for exhibit redevelopment and renewal.
As most OAS members know, many Ontario archaeologists can trace the beginnings of their working lives to the Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA) at Western University. The Museum continues to offer programs in archaeology to southwestern Ontario students and to the public at large, and the London Chapter of the Society still holds its meetings at the Museum.
Sustainable Archaeology is now adjoined to the Museum although it will operate independently for several more years. The innovative technologies at Sustainable Archaeology present exciting opportunities for the Museum to refresh its public programming and exhibits, both inside and outside in the Lawson village. – Read more
Pulsating drums, multi-coloured regalia and the rhythmic steps of the dancers are the trademark of the pow-wow. Today, these special gatherings are held by Indigenous peoples across North America. As an inter-tribal celebration pow-wows take the form of either a competition in which dancers and drum groups compete for prizes or as a traditional pow-wow. The traditional pow-wow is a ceremony for the purpose of honouring the Creator, Mother Earth or phases in the seasons. Read more
This summer, MOA’s curatorial team began its next big project to repack ethnographic artefacts and maps in our collection storage area. Thanks to a grant from the London Community Foundation, MOA was able to purchase archival quality storage materials which will allow us to preserve our remarkable collection for many more generations to come. While it sounds like an easy project, repacking artifacts isn’t as simple as taking things out of one box and putting them in another. So how are we going about this?
MOA’s ethnographic and map collection consists of more than 3000 objects. Due to the size of this project, the curatorial team used this opportunity to inventory the entire collection by going through each box one by one. For every object found in a box, the curatorial team updated its catalogue record, location, condition report, and took digital pictures. After a box was complete, all objects were re-wrapped in acid free tissue with a new object barcode placed on the tissue surrounding each object. Read more
Miggs Morris, acclaimed author, who has been part of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology for 15 years, had her book honoured at the UNESCO Biosphere Conference in Deline NWT the last week of July. At this conference Morris’s Return to the Drumwas presented to keynote speaker David Suzuki and other delegates by Leonard Kenny, the Chief of Deline.
The Tudze, or Water Heart Conference, is named after a Dene legend about a living, breathing heart at the bottom of Great Bear Lake, on whose shores Deline is located. David Suzuki mentioned that he was “blown away” by the community’s connection to their natural environment and their commitment to its preservation.
Here, Miggs shares her experiences that led to her writing Return to the Drum (RTTD)Read more
How long have I been with MOA? I started my internship July 2015.
How did I begin? I am a Masters student at Western, and as part of our program we a
re required to do an internship. I decided that I would split my time over the summer between Eldon House, a historic home in downtown London, and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. MOA really interested me because I was involved with archaeology during my undergrad, and in my masters program we learned about museum policies. Read more
Hi everybody! Ontario Doug here with exciting news about a recent excavation I went on with MOA’s curator Nicole Aszalos. We visited the Davidson Site near Parkhill this past June, and they even let me help with the excavations. It’s great to learn about history up close and I was eager to get my hands dirty!
The Davidson site is inland from Lake Huron on the Ausable River, and we got to work with Dr. Chris Ellis, Ontario Archaeologist and Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Ellis and his crew were looking at an old First Nations Site dating between the Late Archaic and Early Woodland period in Ontario. Did you know Dr. Ellis’ specialty focuses on the Late Archaic time period of about 3000-4500 years ago? Read more
A couple months ago, a beautiful Paleo Period projectile point was donated to MOA. MOA’s curatorial team conducted further research and would like to share why this point is so interesting to us.
Projectile points from the Paleo Period are hard to come by in comparison to points from the later Archaic and Woodland Periods. This is due, in part, to the living conditions and resources available to people during this time. During the Paleo period, people lived in small bands following a nomadic lifestyle which means they were continually moving from place to place, often following the migration of their food. Read more