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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 Five Queensville Farmsteads
A 19th Century Crossroads Community in the Township of East Gwillimbury, Ontario
~ Author William D. Finlayson, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
Foreword by Bruce Bowden, 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.

The Archaeology of Five Queensville Farmsteads is the second book in the series. This crossroads community of Queensville, Ontario, was settled early in the 19th century primarily by Quakers; they were part of the Great Migration of about 20,000 people who fled the United States because of religious persecution. Some of these early settlers were actively involved in the Children of Peace, a break-away sect of Quakers who constructed the Sharon Temple.

Between 2008 and 2017, Bill's company, This Land Archeology Inc. excavated five farmsteads south of the crossroads on both sides of Leslie Street. One of these farmsteads was owned for a time by Ebenezer Doan, one of the master builders of the Sharon Temple, and another by his son, Ira, and grandson, Ezra. The excavations produced tens of thousands of artifacts, cellars, and associated features including privies for each farmstead. These findings provide new insights into life in 19th century Queensville.
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