A Day in the Life of ASI

ASI is the largest archaeological and cultural heritage consulting company in Ontario, Canada, with over 35 years experience in the production & dissemination of knowledge concerning our past. We provide a variety of services including archaeological and cultural heritage assessments, large-scale heritage planning studies for municipalities, as well as Stage 4 mitigation of archaeological sites.

Below you’ll find a photo essay showing what we are up to on this Day of Archaeology 2016. Enjoy, and from all of us at ASI, happy digging!

Josh Lockett-Harris

With the dry weather we’ve been having, Josh Lockett-Harris needed to adjust his field outfit to deal with this sandy site.

Field Collection 3

A surface collection in progress!  Rachael Johnston’s crew walked a field at 5 metre intervals, and flagged each artifact. Now each flag will be mapped with a total station.

Daisies and drill

Elizabeth Matwey found this stone drill while working on a lovely site surrounded by daisies.

Point and friend

A projectile point with an insect friend

Digging in the shade

Dainis Simsons  and Erika Johannsen love digging historical features, especially when they’re in the shade! #savedbytheshade

Survey landscape

Robb Bhardwaj’s survey crew has quite the view from their “office”

Lauren Archer bridge

Cultural Heritage specialists get to enjoy gorgeous views as well! Lauren Archer inspects the Wiley Bowstring Bridge.  Constructed in 1930, the bridge is a rare example of a concrete bowstring bridge in Brampton. Heritage features include a continuous span deck, with two fixed, hinge-less ‘bow-string’ arches, three concrete girders, concrete vertical hangers, and parapets. The property holds contextual value due to its landmark status in the Claireville Conservation Area.

Peaked window in 200 yr old house

Cultural Heritage specialist Johanna Kelly documented this gorgeous peaked window in a farmhouse in Durham.

Creepy spider shadow

John Sleath and Heidy Schopf delved into the basement of a nineteenth century farmhouse, whose shadows remind them that they are not alone.

Urban archaeology behind bowling alley

We don’t always work in the pristine wilderness or creepy farmhouses. There’s lots of archaeology in cities too! Jes Lytle’s crew is doing survey behind an abandoned bowling alley, where you have to be prepared to find weird things.

One lowly ceramic- urban trenching

Alexis Dunlop was supervising some trenching in downtown Toronto, and found a single artifact. Conclusion: this is not a site!

Then and Now London- 3

One of our GIS gurus Jonas Fernandez is determining archaeological potential for the new London Archaeological Master Plan, by comparing a 1915 map to the current landscape.

Washing ceramics

Where do all the artifacts go? Our lab technician Fiona McKendrick is washing some historic ceramics that just came in from the field.

Turkish pipe bowl

In the lab, we sort and organize all the artifacts so they are ready for analysis.  And we get to check out the goodies, like this effigy pipe.

Legacy collections

These precontact pipes are part of a legacy collection that Tessa Lehmann is rehousing, all part of a day in the life in the lab!

3D scanning composite

The Burlington office has some high-tech toys. Andrew Riddle is 3D scanning a Paleo point, which you can see on our sketchfab account here

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