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William D. Finlayson, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
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 Patterson Village
A 19th Century Company Town in the Township of Vaughan, Ontario
~ Author William D. Finlayson, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
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.
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