Ontario Archaeology

Bear’s Grease Ointment Pot Lid- Ontario, Canada

Bear’s Grease Ointment Pot Lid- Ontario, Canada

April #Artifactofthemonth:Many strange, weird and wacky remedies were created for daily use in the 19th century. Here we have a ceramic jar lid that once contained Bear’s grease that was believed to encourage hair growth. #artifact #archaeology #araheritage pic.twitter.com/T3jJiQd058 — ARA Archaeology (@ArchResearch) April 17, […]

Jack’s Reef Projectile Point- Ontario, Canada

Jack’s Reef Projectile Point- Ontario, Canada

This Jack's Reef Pentagonal Projectile point is a small, thin point common to the Ohio River basin and Great Lakes region. It dates to the Woodland Period and was donated to MOA this year. #archaeology #ontarioarchaeology #projectilepoint A post shared by Museum of Ontario Archaeology […]

Wound Glass Beads- Ontario, Canada

Wound Glass Beads- Ontario, Canada

These delicate glass beads are from a mid 19th century farm site. Despite minor surface damage they are still perfect little spheres! . . . . . . . #glass #beads #glassbeads #archaeology #artifact #historicalarchaeology #heritage #ontarioheritage A post shared by ASI (@archaeologyto) on Feb […]

Bouquet Sous Token- Ontario, Canada

Bouquet Sous Token- Ontario, Canada

In the 19th century there was a chronic shortage of small coins which gave rise to copper tokens known as “bouquet sous.” These tokens became so popular that imitations were produced by fraudulent individuals. . . . #araheritage #artifactofthemonth #artifact #archaeology A post shared by […]

19th Century Toothbrush- Ontario, Canada

19th Century Toothbrush- Ontario, Canada

Did you think that advertising toothbrushes were a modern invention? This 19th century bone toothbrush proves that wrong! . . . . . . #toothbrush #vintageadvertising #artifact #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #ontarioheritage A post shared by ASI (@archaeologyto) on Dec 4, 2017 at 7:06am PST

Gastrolith- Ontario, Canada

Gastrolith- Ontario, Canada

This little piece of ceramic may not look like much, but it in fact a gastrolith! That is the term for artifacts that have been previously swallowed and passed through the digestive system of an animal, which is why the corners and glaze of this […]

Turlington’s Balsam Bottle- Ontario, Canada

Turlington’s Balsam Bottle- Ontario, Canada

Quack Medicine Week continues with this lovely bottle of Turlington’s Balsam! These bottles have been discovered in Canada going back to the 18th century, and are one of the earliest examples of a patent medicine. This concoction was the perfect cure for “kidney and bladder […]

19th Century Handcuffs- Museum of History, Canada

19th Century Handcuffs- Museum of History, Canada

Excerpt- At first glance, there seems nothing particularly remarkable about this artifact — a pair of standard handcuffs from the late 19th century. But these particular handcuffs are associated with a critical and divisive episode in Canadian history: they were used to restrain Métis leader Louis […]

Worked Bone Awl- Ontario, Canada

Worked Bone Awl- Ontario, Canada

This angled shot of a worked bone awl shows how sharp the tip has remained despite spending centuries underground! . . . . . . #wendat #awl #boneawl #workedbone #deerbone #faunal #archaeology #artifact #ontarioheritage A post shared by ASI (@archaeologyto) on Oct 30, 2017 at […]

Floware Ceramics- Ontario, Canada

Floware Ceramics- Ontario, Canada

Our current "Ware of the Week" is floware! This blurred, watery transferprint is diagnostic of the late 19th ce https://t.co/fuDSTL7AeN — ASI (@ArchaeologyTO) October 17, 2017