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.


Draft Foundation Profile

We have published a draft of our foundation profile. The document is available for download: it is a 207 KB Microsoft Word document.

The Tale of Starvation

The first annual November Lecture of the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation

On Tuesday November 1, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Kingston Archaeological Centre, guest lecturer Dr. Jean-Luc Pilon, Curator of Ontario Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, will present the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation's first annual November Lecture, entitled The Tale of Starvation.

Follow Dr. Pilon as he reveals how he and his team initially hoped to discover evidence of the 1810-11 starvation of the Northwest Company men at the Fort at the Forks, NWT which included one of his ancestors. Instead their excavations revealed the remains of lumber making and York Boat construction of the Hudson's Bay Company in this distant outpost on the Mackenzie River. Challenges of arctic and subarctic archaeological techniques will be discussed as well as pre-contact archaeology in the NWT.

The Kingston Archaeology Centre Re-opens

The Kingston Archaeology Centre Re-opensThe ribbon has been cut: the Kingston Archaeology Centre officially re-opened on Saturday April 23.

School Classes are Invited to Tour Market Square

The excavation of Market Square is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about Kingston's history and perhaps develop their interest in archaeology. The Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Kingston has arranged for interested school classes to visit the site on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from May 10 to May 26. For more information, please see the City's letter of invitation to principals (8 KB PDF); to arrange a visit, please contact us.

Excavating Kingston's Market Square

Excavating Kingston's Market SquareAs part of the City of Kingston's Market Square Reclamation Project the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation is conducting archaelogical excavations at the site.

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Membership Event

We are holding a membership event on Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm in the auditorium of the Kingston Archaeological Centre. Associate archaeologist Michael Berry will present "The Appearance of Hostilities With Our Neighbours": Fort Frederick in the Defence of Kingston and the Upper St. Lawrence, 1812-1846. Everyone is welcome.

Annual General Meeting

Our annual general meeting will take place Tuesday, May 31 at 7pm in the auditorium of the Kingston Archaeological Centre. Guest speaker Dena Doroszenko will pesent "Thirty years of Archaeology at the Ontario Heritage Foundation". Everyone is welcome.

Can You Dig It? 2005 Parents Night

Parents Night for Can You Dig It? 2005 will take place at the Kingston Archaeological Centre on Wednesday, August 24 from 6pm to 8pm.

Can You Dig It? 2005 Public Day

Public Day for Can You Dig It? 2005 will take place Wednesday, July 20 2005 from 1pm to 3pm. More details to come soon.

Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Day

We will be holding a Pizza Day to thank our volunteers on Wednesday, April 20 at the Kingston Archaeological Centre. Please RSVP by April 19 if you plan to attend.

The Kingston Archaeological Centre Re-opening

You are invited to the re-opening of the Kingston Archaeological Centre at 72 Gilmour Avenue on Saturday, April 23 from 2pm to 4pm. Take a tour of the Interpretive Centre, and check out the new facility that houses Kingston's archaeological resources. There will be special opening events and prizes, and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by April 4 if you plan to attend.

Newsletter: Spring and Summer 2005

We have published our newsletter for the spring and summer of 2005 (420 KB PDF). This edition of our newsletter features messages from our President and Executive Director, stories about our volunteers, and more.

Can You Dig It? 2005

The registration forms for Can You Dig It? 2005 are now available. You can pick them up at the Kingston Archaeological Centre, or print them directly from the website. Two forms are available as PDFs:

If you have any questions about registration, please contact us.

Dig Into Spring! March Break Archaeology Day Programs

Come out and experience the past! During the March Break, the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation is offering day-long archaeology programs for students of all ages. On Tuesday March 15th, students aged six to eight can see real documents from the past, create a timecapsule, and learn about a real archaeology lab; on Wednesday March 16th, students aged nine to twelve can touch real historic documents and handle and clean artifacts from Kingston's past. The programs run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Kingston Archaeological Centre, 72 Gilmour Ave., and the cost is $35.00 for the day. For more information and to register, please contact us.