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Technology to Help Students Uncover Ancestral House Structures at Archaeological Site in Pickering

Aug 14, 2014



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(August 14, 2014)

On Monday, August 18th, high school students from Toronto and Region Conservation's (TRCA) Boyd Archaeological Field School will join Sensors and Software Inc. who will use their Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), a non-intrusive investigation method, at a large 14th/15th century Huron-Wendat archaeological site in North Pickering.

Mississauga based Sensors and Software donated their services and Canadian- made technology to help TRCA uncover specific locations of buried house structures using their GPR technology. Using the technology students will be able to determine underground structures such as building foundations and areas of soil compaction that might have occurred beneath the floor of a longhouse. Future direction of the excavation work at the site will be determined by the results of the GPR survey. This is the first time that TRCA is using GPR at the field school.

Media are invited to join TRCA archaeologists, students from Boyd Archaeological Field School and Sensors and Software as they uncover what lies beneath the soil.

9:00 am- students excavate site

10:00 am- GPR technology field survey on site with TRCA staff, students and GPR technician

12:00 - 12:30 pm - lunch

1:30 pm - return to Claremont Field Centre (4290 Westney Road Pickering) to see results of the scan.


The Boyd Field School is an archaeological field course that has been running for 37 years. It is a three-week long Grade 12/University preparation credit course (IDC4U) offered for students by TRCA, in cooperation with the York Region District School Board.  The Field School provides a unique opportunity for high school students to learn, first-hand, the process of archaeology and to contribute directly to the understanding of Ontario's past. 

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