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MOA Sustainable Collections Repository

Depositing Collections

Long rows of labelled green boxes sitting neatly on metal shelving in the Museum of Ontario Archaeology's  collections repository.
Rehoused collections in the Repository

In Ontario, the care of materials collected by licensed archaeologists (including artifacts and excavation records) is the responsibility of the licensee. They do not belong to either archaeologists or landowners, but are held in trust for the people of Ontario, past, present and future.

This can be a weighty obligation for licensees to bear over the long term, but the responsibilities for care can be transferred to a public institution such as the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

The collections repository was designed to provide appropriate long-term care for archaeological collections and their associated records. As a non-profit organization, our fees cover the cost of holding these collections in trust over the long-term, providing access to researchers and Descendant communities and sharing this heritage through our public programming and galleries.

2022-2023 Box Prices

# BoxesCost/Box
750-1499 $206
1500+ $200

If you have collections you would like to transfer to MOA, please contact us for more information about requirements for storing archaeological objects and records, or to discuss options for amortized payments and packaging solutions for substantial deposits.

Contact Dr. Heather Hatch, Collections Manager
            (519) 850-2565

Deposits from contexts other than licensed archaeological excavations only accepted in rare circumstances.