The Peggi Armstrong
Public Archaeology Award 

Ron Williamson and Rob MacDonald receiving PAPA from Paul Lennox and Marian Clark2009 Recipient
Tom Ballantine

Tom initiated and encouraged public archaeology as part of at least five excavations co-sponsored by Friends of Bonnechere Park and the Ottawa Chapter OAS. In addition to guided tours, members of the public were offered the opportunity to do hands-on archaeology, each being paired with an experienced digger. Tom was an enthusiastic participant in the work connected with the Land of the Spirits website with its virtual dig, a community television segment and an on-going artefact display panel in the park. Tom is a member of the Local Citizens Committee of Algonquin Park and enjoys promoting awareness of cultural heritage values in the park. His position with the Haliburton Highlands Museum has permitted him to bring archaeological heritage to his community. He has always infused public archaeology in his work above and beyond his professional duties and inspired others to place it in the forefront of their activities.


This page was created on February 10, 2010 and updated on February 16, 2010