The Archaeology of Patterson Village
A 19th Century Company Town in the Township of Vaughan, Ontario
- Author William D. Finlayson, Ph.D.
Foreword by John Triggs, Ph.D. and a contribution by Ruth Redelmeier
William D. (Bill) Finlayson, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., is the senior-most archaeologist in Ontario archaeology with well over 50 years of experience in the field. One of his many noteworthy accomplishments was being voted a Specially-Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his innovations in Ontario archaeology. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.
In 2001, Bill established his own archeological consulting firm. This Land Archaeology Inc. provides services to land developers in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. Since 2006, he has undertaken the salvage excavation of more than 60 19th century homesteads and farmsteads, culminating in the total excavation of Patterson Village, the largest excavation of a 19th century Euro-Canadian site in Ontario.
Between 1856 and 1888, Thomas Patterson and his brother operated one of the first farm equipment manufactories in the Township of Vaughan, Ontario. Patterson was a paternalist capitalist and established a company town which included 18 homes for married workers, and a boarding house for single men. For two years, This Land Archaeology Inc. worked on the complete excavation of the village. Findings included 16 cellars, and 36 privy pits in the subsoil. The excavations produced 291,911 artifacts as well as an estimated 1,113,097 small artifacts and preserved plant remains.
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