In Your Backyard!

This spearpoint (2" long and 1" wide) was found in the back yard of a house in the Wilson/Avenue Road area and dates to approximately 3,500-4,000 years ago. It is made of Onondaga chert that outcrops on the north shore of Lake Erie between Fort Erie and the mouth of the Grand River. The people who made this artifact were hunter-gatherers who spoke an Algonquian language.

-Thanks to Barbara and her family for bringing this artifact to our attention.

In January, after reading an article about Toronto's Hidden History (The Toronto Star, Sunday January 21, 2007), Mr. John James contacted Archaeological Services Inc. to have us examine artifacts recovered from his grandfather's garden. He informed us that during the 1920s, while installing weeping tiles and several water features, his grandfather uncovered twelve stone tools. We found that the majority dated to the Late Archaic period (2,500 BC-1,000 BC) while several pieces dated to the later Woodland period (1,000 BC-A.D. 1650). After a tour of the property, it was determined that the site represented a significant archaeological find and would be further investigated in the summer of 2007.

-Thanks to John James for bringing this site to our attention.

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