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We Dig Rockcliffe Park

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Rockcliffe Park Pavillion

Rockcliffe Driveway

Ottawa, ON

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You are invited to participate in a free archaeological initiative taking place in Rockcliffe Park on July 16, 17, and 18.

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Are you interested in local history, do you love spending time outdoors, or do you simply like to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? If any of these appeal to you, the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association, the Lindenlea Community Association and the NCC invite you to participate in an archaeological initiative taking place in Rockcliffe Park, July 16, 17 and 18.

Under the guidance of NCC archaeologist Ian Badgley and his team, we will be exploring two sites in the park. One site, believed to be on a portage route between the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers, has revealed Indigenous artifacts from about 5000 years ago. The other site, where a winter Tea House once stood during the early to mid 1900s, could turn up discoveries of a more recent nature.

This is a free event with the equipment and expertise provided by the NCC. The sites will be open from 8AM until 7PM and registering before hand is not required; however, if possible, we ask that you sign up here so that we can get a sense of the participant numbers. You do not have to commit to the full time slot, and you can sign up for as many time slots as you wish. You are also welcome to spectate if digging in the dirt is not for you. Providing your contact information will allow us to notify you of last minute changes due to weather or other reasons. Meet at the Rockcliffe Pavilion for onsite registration and directions to the sites.

Ages 10 and up are recommended for the main sites, and there will be a “spontaneous” site geared towards younger explorers also provided. You will need to be able to navigate some trails with slight elevation changes to access the sites. Please wear long pants and sturdy footwear. Bring work gloves, bug spray, sun protection (hats), water and snacks. Additional information on ticks can be found here.

The NCC maintains a partnership with the communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Pikwàkanagàn for the joint management of archaeological resources. An opening ceremony will be held at the start of the dig.

We are also happy to sign off on volunteer hours for high school students.

Contact us at WeDigRockcliffePark@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Update: we will not be doing any work on the portage site near the river due the presence of poison ivy, so our work will be exclusively at the Tea House for now. Please meet us at the second parking lot down the road from the Rockcliffe Park pavilion - there will be signs directing you.

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