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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, History, and Architecture of The Philip Eckardt Log House
The Oldest House in the City of Markham, Ontario, Canada
~ Author William D. Finlayson, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. and George W. J. Duncan
Our Lands Speak (O.L.S.) is a prolific quality publication series founded in 2017 by William D. (Bill) Finlayson and issued on subjects in and affecting Ontario archaeology. The goal: to create additional space to disseminate information about Ontario's rich archaeological history, including both historic and prehistoric archaeological investigations, as well as important First Nations perspectives.
This fourth volume, The Archaeology, History, and Architecture of The Philip Eckardt Log House - The Oldest House in the City of Markham, Ontario, Canada, continues to reflect Bill's dedication to making archaeological findings available to the general public and to interested researchers.
George W.J. Duncan, co-author of The Archaeology, History, and Architecture of The Philip Eckardt Log House, is an architectural historian interested in the documentation of Ontario's heritage buildings, local history, and cultural landscapes. Over four-plus decades, he has authored several books and numerous articles on these subjects, as well as on issues concerning heritage conservation. His best-known work in print is York County Mouldings from Historic Interiors, originally published by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in 2001, with a second edition published by Lee Valley Tools Ltd.