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2014 Volunteer Public Excavation Program

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Laboratory Analysis Program

Aerial Photo of Cluny Fortified Village SiteThe University of Calgary is offering a volunteer laboratory analysis program to work with material from the 2014 excavations at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site in Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Participants will analyze artifacts in an archaeology laboratory on the University of Calgary campus. Laboratory activities may include cataloging material, pottery reconstruction, and artifact photography.

Participants will be supervised by advanced University of Calgary archaeology students. Training in archaeological laboratory techniques will be provided as well as detailed information about artifact identification and analysis. All artifacts are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

The program will operate from October 2014 through April 2015.

Beginning January 12, 2015, Winter Volunteer Laboratory hours are Mondays from 10 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM - 5 PM, and Fridays from 2:30 PM – 5 PM. Please register in advance by sending your name, date(s) of participation, and contact information to

There is no cost to participate. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the University of Calgary campus.  Participants must also provide their own computer with a working copy of Excel.

The minimum age of participation is 15. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. All participants will be required to complete a Volunteer Liability Waiver Form and a Photography Waiver Form. Participants under the age of 18 must also complete an Informed Consent Form.

Register online or email or call 403-220-8537 for further information.

The first year of the pilot public program is generously supported by a donation from Golder Associates Ltd.