Boyd Archaeological Field School (BAFS) is Canada’s only high school course giving students credits for real archaeology. Unearth a 14th century village. Try ancient skills. Learn from archaeologists, academics and indigenous educators.
Earn two high school credits this summer while getting real archaeological skills.
The course, open to students who have completed Grade 10, is offered as an Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University Prep or Open credit (IDC4U/O), and a Co-op Credit. The program is run by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a partnership with the Durham Continuing Education.
The course combines real fieldwork skills at an actual archaeological site, with online and classroom learning.
Participants live in dormitories at Claremont Field Centre, north of Ajax, and excavate the nearby Sebastien site a 14th century village ancestral to the Huron-Wendat nation. In addition to fieldwork, there are sessions from Indigenous speakers, lectures by leading professionals, seminars, and hands-on workshops in ancient technologies such as flint-knapping (stone-tool making), firestarting kits, cordage, fishtraps and other re-creations. Evaluation is based on fieldwork, written assignments, seminars, workshops and a final project.
The Field School was founded in 1975, and has provided hundreds of students with the foundations of archaeological practice. Many have gone on to post-secondary studies and careers in the field.
Tuition is $2395 CDN ($2695 CDN for non-residents of Canada. Non-residents who wish to receive Ontario High School Credits must arrange to pay a fee of $1775 CDN directly to Durham Continuing Education).
For information email Aldo Missio below.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Other Activities Archaeological Excavation High School Credit Ancient Technologies Indigenous Studies