The Ward Uncovered: Archaeological Investigations by Holly Martelle

The Ward Uncovered: Archaeological Investigations of one of Toronto’s First Immigrant Communities

martelle_riverdalehistoricalsociety_copyThis talk will provide an overview of archaeological investigations that were undertaken in 2015 in downtown Toronto on the site of a multi-ethnic 19th and 20th century neighbourhood. The excavations revealed the foundations of the British Methodist Episcopal Church, representing the third Black congregation church in the City of Toronto, as well as numerous early Black settler sites.

Holly Martelle, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Principalholly-martelle-pic

Holly Martelle is a principal at Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc., an archaeological consulting firm based out of London, Ontario. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2002 based on her research on Iroquoian populations in southern Ontario. In addition to 16 years of experience in the road building and aggregate industries, Dr. Martelle has worked as a Heritage Planner at the now Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and has taught at several universities throughout the province. Since 2004 Holly has managed retainers for Infrastructure Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation and Hydro One. Holly is a Past-President of the Ontario Archaeological Society.

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: St. Matthews Clubhouse
550 Broadview Avenue, Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview