Please note that the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation and the Kingston Archaeology Centre have closed. This site is still available for historical and informational reasons, but none of the services or products described here are available anymore.


History and Archaeology at Fort Henry: Public Lectures and Reception

Friday October 15, 2004 at 6:00pm at the Harbour Shadows Room, Radisson Hotel (1 Johnson Street at Ontario Street).

Bob Garcia of Parks Canada: Fort Henry: the Pivot of Defense for Upper Canada

Joseph Last Parks Canada: Keeping a Low Profile: Archaeological Perspectives on the Building of Fort Henry

The Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology invites all to attend two brief yet enlightening lectures. Bob Garcia and Joseph Last will outline historical and archaeological research currently taking place at Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada. Immediately following the lectures, all are welcome to attend a reception to launch the Council's Annual Conference and Meeting. The reception begins at 7:00 PM in Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall. Everyone is welcome; admission is free; there will be a cash bar at the reception. For further information please contact Jonathan Moore at or 613-841-2380.

$1 Million Archaeological Project Explores History-Rich RMC Site

Kingston's biggest archaeological "dig" since the mid-1980s is underway at the Royal Military College. With some 35 archaeological workers now exploring more than 15 separate areas at Point Frederick, Archaeologist Sue Bazely, Executive Director of the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, says that findings to date indicate both extensive human habitation and military construction during the War of 1812.

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Annual General Meeting

This year our annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19th at 7:00pm in the Fine Arts Lounge in Massey Library at the Royal Military College of Canada. Ross McKenzie, Curator of the RMC Museum, will be the guest speaker and will present the early history of the Royal Naval Dockyard. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Can You Dig It? 2004

Discover your past! Participate in a real "dig" at Fort Frederick (Royal Military College of Canada)! Experience hands-on activities exploring history and archaeology! We are currently accepting registrations for this year's edition of Can You Dig It?, our summer archaeology camp. Sessions run through July and August, and consist of week-long programs from 9:00am to 4:00pm each weekday. Campers aged 8-12 and 13-16 must be pre-registered. Contact us for registration information.

Can You Dig It? Public Day

Our Can You Dig It? Public Day will take place Wednesday July 21, with a guided tour of the site beginning at 1:30pm. Come out to the Royal Military College of Canada Museum at Fort Frederick and join us in the archaeological discovery of the fort, which was occupied during the War of 1812. Nine specific areas are being excavated including the blockhouse, barracks, guard house and armourer's shop. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Can You Dig It? at the Royal Navy Yards

The Royal Navy Yards occupied much of what are now Royal Military College of Canada grounds during the war of 1812. This summer, a total of some seventy Kingston students will explore nine specific areas in the former Royal Navy Yards as part of the Can You Dig It? summer archaeology camp.

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The Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation is Seeking a New Home

Due to problems with the Stella Buck building, the Foundation has vacated the premises and is searching for a new home. Kingston This Week, a local newspaper, recently printed an article describing the search.