Respecting the Past: Archaeology and Aboriginal Burial Grounds

Author(s): Dena Doroszenko

Year: 2014


In September 2013, the creation of a large burial ground resulted from the aftermath of decades of archaeological investigations by the University of Toronto in the twentieth century. These projects were related to studying the burial practices and conducting population studies of the Wendat in Ontario. These large, mass burial pits known as ossuaries were observed historically by French explorers and missionaries (e.g. Samuel Champlain, Gabriel Sagard). This paper will discuss the development of best practices and aboriginal engagement that led to the creation of the Thonnakona (King of Kanatha) cemetery and the reburial of 13 ossuaries representing the remains of over 1,700 ancestors.

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Respecting the Past: Archaeology and Aboriginal Burial Grounds. Dena Doroszenko. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437309)

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PaperId(s): SYM-74,01