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.


Community Memories: Lost Way of Life

One of the projects that the Foundation is involved in creating this season is an exhibit focusing on lost ways of life within the Kingston Community. The purpose of this project is to show lifestyles that are no longer visible in our community. This will not be shown in a continuum, rather as snapshots of time throughout nearly 300 years of Kingston history. There are five areas that will be shown, however the common thread of the exhibit is to show excavated artifacts that are no longer in use or no longer seen in everyday life in current times. Archaeology provides a second chance to see a lifestyle that has long since disappeared from the Kingston community. The project will also utilize photographs, maps and textual information, along with the excavated material to provide tangible evidence for the existence of people and their way of life.

The periods which will be focused upon include people and conventions from French and British soldiers at Fort Frontenac; the Mohawk matriarch Molly Brant (Koñwatsitsiaiéñni), known for her good works as a go between for the British and Iroquois, accomplished through her unique way of blending two cultures; the Fort Henry Garrison Hospital which will incorporate a medical perspective showcasing early medicine and medical practices which are vastly different than the way medicine is practiced today; the Naval Cottages which will illustrate early 19th century domestic lifestyle in Kingston at the Royal Navy Dockyard; and the final area will illustrate early commercial aspects of Kingston's Market Square.

This project has received financial support from the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and will be available to visitors on the CHIN website as and on the Foundation's site as well. Expected completion is later this winter.

Archaeology Week

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of archaeology in Kingston, June 1st to the 6th

Come and celebrate Archaeology Week with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation from June 1st to June 6th. Participate in our offered activities. Attend our free lecture given by Dr. David Baird, "Physics and Archaeology: How Science has Influenced Archeological Thinking". It will be a week to celebrate Archaeology in Kingston as well as the re-location of the Centre at our new facility. View our complete schedule of events (PDF), or contact us for more information.

Can You Dig It? 2008

The registration form for Can You Dig It? 2008 is now available. You can pick it up at the Kingston Archaeological Centre, or download a PDF of the form directly from this site, then mail it or drop it off.

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

Lecture: Archaeology: The Foundation for Good Restoration

Please join the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation for the first lecture in a series of four scheduled for 2008.

This first lecture is presented in partnership with the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, and will take place March 11, 2008 at Kingston City Hall at 7:30 in Memorial Hall.

Sue Bazely, Executive Director/Senior Archaeologist of the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation will be speaking on "Archaeology: The Foundation for Good Restoration".

Other dates for the lecture series are:

  • June 4 at Memorial Hall when Dr. David Baird will be speaking
  • September 30 - time and location yet to be determined
  • November 5 - 4th Annual Autumn Lecture - time and location yet to be determined

Kingston Archaeological Centre Interpretive Centre Temporarily Closed

The Kingston Archaeological Centre Interpretive Centre is temporarily closed for reconstruction. For further information, please call us at 613-542-3483 or browse our website for the information you require. Thanks for your patience.