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William D. Finlayson, Ph.D.
In addition to Bill Finlayson's impressive and invaluable longevity as the senior-most archeologist in Ontario, one of his many noteworthy accomplishments was being voted a Specially-Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his innovations in Ontario Archaeology. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Bill has had a truly fascinating career. Early on, he undertook the total excavation of the Draper site, an ancestral Huron-Wendat village in Pickering which remains the most significant Huron-Wendat site excavated in southern Ontario. In 1976, he left the Department of Anthropology at The University of Western Ontario to revitalize Wilfrid Jury's Museum of Indian Archaeology and Pioneer Life. In 1985, he was appointed Lawson Professor of Canadian Archaeology, the first archaeologist to hold an endowed chair in Canadian archaeology. This allowed Bill to devote time to his field research in the Crawford Lake area near Milton, Ontario.

The next phase in Bill's career began in 2001 when he took early retirement, providing him with an excellent opportunity to establish his own archaeological consulting firm. This Land Archaeology Inc. provides services to land developers in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. Since 2006, he has undertaken the salvage excavation of more than 60 19th century homesteads/farmsteads.
The Archaeology of Two Whitchurch-Stouffville Farmsteads
in a 19th Century Rural Community in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario (formerly the Township of Markham)
~ Author William D. Finlayson, Ph.D.
 
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.

In volume 3, The Archaeology of Two Whitchurch-Stouffville Farmsteads, he shares that in the second half of the 19th century, John Yake Sr., a prominent Stouffville businessman, purchased two parts of Lot 32, Concession 10, in what is now the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. John Yake Sr. rented the small house at the western end of the lot, which eventually became the Yake site. John Yake Jr. lived on the western part of the lot, initially in the large house which became the Windmill site, and ultimately in a new brick house which was still occupied at the time of our excavations.

The Yake and Windmill sites were situated on former agricultural fields of the dwellers of the Mantle site, a large Indigenous village occupied in the sixteenth or early seventeenth centuries and currently located less than a km to the northwest of Lot 32. Excavations of the Windmill site recovered a spear point about 10,000 years old, which was likely collected by the Yake family while farming their land and subsequently discarded when filling in the cellar of the early log house at the Windmill site.
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