Foreword by John Triggs, Ph.D. and a contribution by Ruth Redelmeier
Author William D. (Bill) Finlayson is the senior most archaeologist in Ontario archaeology with well over 50 years of experience in the field. He has always believed in the importance of sharing his archaeological findings with the general public to provide additional information about our local history. Our Lands Speak series, created by Bill, reflects his ardent commitment to do just that.
The Archaeology of Patterson Village - A 19th Century Company Town in the Township of Vaughan, Ontario
is the first book in Our Lands Speak series. And led by Bill's company, This Land Archaeology Inc, represents the largest excavation of a 19th century Euro-Canadian site in Ontario to date.
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.