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Understanding Toronto Through Archaeology: A Public Symposium Copy

February 11 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

$10 - $20

Join Heritage Toronto and City of Toronto Historic Sites for a full-day symposium on Toronto’s archaeological heritage.

Inspired by the current exhibit, “Unearthing Toronto’s Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market”, we will be joined by experts in archaeology and cultural resource management, to discuss how archaeological research enhances our understanding of the city’s past and what is being done to manage these valuable resources. This symposium is part of Heritage Toronto’s Heritage Primer, a series of events to build appreciation for and understanding of heritage practices in Toronto.

Keynote: St. Lawrence Market Archaeology, Peter Popkin 

Peter Popkin is a senior archaeologist with Golder Associates and a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently the project lead on the excavation of the St. Lawrence North Market and will share with us his team’s preliminary findings.

Morning session: Archaeology in the City 

Moderated by John Lorinc, journalist

How does archaeological research change or affirm our understanding of the past? What sort of archaeological heritage does Toronto have? Join historians and archaeologists who will present three prominent archaeological sites and explore how their discoveries have affected our heritage and public history.

***Brown bag lunch (included in ticket fee)

Afternoon session: Archaeology as a Heritage Resource

Moderated by Eileen Costello, partner at Aird & Berlis

What happens after an archaeological assessment? Why is archaeology important to city building? Representatives from City Planning, the Ministry of Culture, and the University of Toronto will discuss the policies and processes that define how these resources are managed.

Afternoon session presented with the support of


 Aird & Berlis LLP is known for its practical, creative and cost-effective approach to navigating Ontario’s heritage legislation regime and resolving the legal challenges it presents. The company advises clients on all aspects of the Ontario Heritage Act, providing a sound understanding of their obligations and opportunities under that Act.

Presented by City of Toronto Historic Sites and Heritage Toronto



February 11
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$10 - $20
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