Fonds F02840 - Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation fonds

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Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation fonds

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  • 1975-2013 (Creation)
    Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation

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9.46 m of textual records

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The Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation (CARF) was incorporated March 28, 1983 to oversee the excavation of Fort Frontenac in Kingston. It was a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors employing appropriate professionals. The Foundation’s mandate, derived from its constitution, was to create, foster, and maintain interest in the recognition, investigation, and preservation of Ontario’s pre-historic and historic archaeological resources. The Foundation was in operation for 30 years and consulted on at least 150 separate archaeological projects. The Foundation produced in excess of 160 consulting and conservation reports, technical papers, and other publications.
The Foundation had two divisions. The Cultural Resource Management division was an archaeological consulting company providing professional archaeological assessment to private property owners and government agencies. These activities were contracted on a fee-for-service basis including archaeological assessments, planning, and research under contractual arrangements with property owners, corporations, municipalities, and provincial and federal governments. It excavated, analyzed, and interpreted material from sites on behalf of the owners of those sites. The second division was the Kingston Archaeological Centre. The Centre was established in 1986, with assistance from a Government of Ontario grant, with the purpose of providing the community with a facility from which activities relating to the education, research, conservation, and management of the area’s archaeological resources could be coordinated. The Foundation catalogued, preserved, stored, and provided curatorial services for artifact collections held in trust for the people of Ontario and disseminated factual information about archaeology in Canada with special emphasis on Ontario and its municipalities.

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The fonds consists of research and archaeological reports relating to contracts secured by CARF (mainly in the Kingston area) as well as operational and administrative records.

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  • English

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Description created on 07/10/2014. Last updated 18/06/2015.
Archivist(s): Heather Home

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 5113.1