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Boyd Archeological Field School
Founded in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum and TRCA in 1975, the Boyd Archaeological Field School (BAFS) is Canada's only high school credit course offering students the opportunity to earn Grade 12 credits while participating in real archaeological fieldwork.

The course originated at the Boyd Field Centre, and annual excavations began at the Seed Barker site in the City of Vaughan, a 470-year old Late Ontario Iroquoian village that was first discovered in the late 1800s. BAFS has helped with the documentation of several Ontario archaeological sites and has most recently conducted excavations at the Sebastien site, a 700-year old Middle Iroquoian village located in Pickering, Ontario. 

Since 1975, more than 1,200 Canadian and international students have experienced local archaeology through the program. Many alumni have gone on to pursue post-secondary studies, advanced degrees and careers in archaeology, anthropology, Indigenous law and related fields. 

The Boyd Archaeological Field School takes place at the Claremont Nature Centre. Students gain important background material on archaeology and indigenous history through online learning and classroom sessions and get full on-the-job training in real archaeological skills. 

This experiential course challenges students to strive for new levels of achievement in a team environment. Learning experiences include: 

    • Excavation of a real archaeological site.
    • Hands-on activities such as flintknapping and other ancient technologies.
    • An academic classroom component featuring sessions led by certified teachers and professional archaeologists, as well as guest lectures from leading experts. 

This is a residential program – students will stay on site Aug 9 -25, 2019.  Students are also expected to participate in an on-line education component pre and post program (eLearning component to start approximately July 30, 2019).  The program fee includes accommodations and meals while on site. 


A combination of field work, classroom studies and online learning confers an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4O/U) credit and a Co-op credit. The course meets credit expectations defined by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Course instructors include certified Ontario teachers, licensed archaeologists, Indigenous educators and respected professionals in a variety of specialties.  Prerequisite: completion of grade 10 and the home school approval. 

Registration: registration is completed through the Boyd Archeological Field School.  For more information visit the Boyd Archeological Field School website.

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