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2014 Volunteer Public Excavation Program

The 2014 Volunteer Public Excavation Program is full for the rest of the summer.

If you would like to be included on an email list for future Public Archaeology Program activities, please email pubarky@ucalgary.ca and request to be added to the list.

Cluny Fortified Village Site (EePf-1) at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Archaeology at Cluny Fortified Village Site The University of Calgary is offering a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park this summer. Participants will excavate alongside members of the Archaeology Field School at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site. First time participants will receive an optional tour of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre and an introductory tour of the archaeological site. Volunteers will be supervised by experienced University of Calgary graduate students. Training in archaeological excavation techniques will be provided on site. All artifacts from the site are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

The program will operate from 10 July to 14 August, 2014, Monday–Friday (a weekend program is being developed). Cost consists of the daily admission fee to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park ($12.00 + GST). Participants will meet with volunteer program supervisors at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre parking lot at 9:00 AM each day. Please note that there are no overnight accommodation facilities at the park this year.

Minimum age of participation is 12 years old. 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 (minimum age of participation is 12). There is a maximum of 6 volunteers per day due to equipment and space requirements.

Email or call the Public Archaeology Program to reserve your day and spot. For more information, email pubarky@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-8537.

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