Archeological work at Allandale Station lands expected to continue through to next spring

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The archeological study at the Allandale Station lands that began in June is expected to continue through to next spring.
Barrie, the Huron-Wendat Nation, and the Williams Treaty First Nation communities are partnering in the archaeological assessment, being undertaken in accordance with provincial regulations, according to a City release.
“The City of Barrie is grateful for its partnership with the Huron-Wendat First Nation and Williams Treaty First Nation communities as it continues to follow the archaeological processes, applicable legislation and direction provided by (the province) to ensure protection of the archaeological potential of the site,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman.
The work is to better understand previous land use of this area over the last 700 or so years. The area exhibits a complex archaeological history and has been disturbed on more than one occasion, including the construction of several 19th century structures, the flood of 1896, and the construction of the Allandale Train Station buildings in 1905, states the release, which adds the project is taking longer than expected “due to the historical disturbance of the site over the many years.”
First Nation partners have been monitoring the work, participating in decision-making and providing guidance to ensure that the process is culturally respectful.
“To date, a large amount of archaeological material has been recovered and the apparent foundation of the 1863 train station has been exposed. Upon completion of the Stage 4 excavations, the determination of the affiliation of any remains recovered from the site will be made by the Archaeologist of Record in accordance with Provincial regulations. The Registrar of Burials will identify the next steps in any further processes,” states the release.

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