The Ottawa Chapter of the OAS is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. The Ontario Archaeological Society HQ is located on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg and the Chippewa.

Ottawa, ON: This year, the Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS) celebrates its 50th anniversary. 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ottawa Chapter of the OAS, which has promoted professional and public interest in the archaeology, history and cultural heritage of the Ottawa Valley and Eastern Ontario since 1971. The Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society is pleased to invite the public to the annual OAS Symposium, held virtually this year from Monday, October 18th to Sunday, October 24th.

This year’s symposium theme is Origins and Growth, a dual approach which invites participants to celebrate the chapter’s anniversary and the work of its founders, as well as to reflect on the lessons learned and ways forward for archaeology in Ontario for the next 50 years. The programme includes virtual tours of archaeological and heritage sites in the National Capital region, sessions on current archaeological research in Ontario, workshops, roundtable discussions, a scavenger hunt and a virtual trivia night. The keynote speaker will be Stephen Jarrett, Archaeologist at WSP in Canada, discussing the Barrack Hill excavations and Parliament Hill archaeology. Please consult the full symposium programme for details, dates and registration information, available here:
This virtual event will be held on Zoom and eSAX, a local virtual event company. Registration is recommended in advance of the symposium and is open to current and prospective members of the OAS, as well as the general public, on a pay-what-you-can basis. Charitable donation receipts are available for amounts over $30.00, and donations towards the continuing work that the OAS does for archaeology and heritage in Ontario is welcomed. 

The 2021 OAS Symposium steering committee is pleased to acknowledge the support of eSAX Virtual Events, the City of Ottawa Community Foundation and the City of Ottawa Heritage Funding Program, Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants, the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto, LHC Heritage Planning & Archaeology, and other sponsors for supporting this event. We invite the public to follow us on social media for updates and photos from the symposium: Ontario Archaeological Society on Facebook, @OntArchSoc on Twitter, and @ontarchsoc on Instagram. We welcome participants from across Turtle Island (North America) to learn with us through this symposium.

André Miller
Chair - OAS 2021 Organizing Committee
Ottawa Chapter, OAS

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