The archaeology study at the old Allandale Station in Barrie will last into next spring.
The project is taking longer than expected due to ‘historical disturbances’ on the site from the construction of several 19th-century structures, the flood of 1896, and the construction of the Allandale Train Station buildings in 1905.
The purpose of the archaeological work is to better understand the previous land use of this area over the last 700 or so years. The area exhibits a complex archaeological history.
“Rama First Nation is working with the City of Barrie and the Huron-Wendat Nation in ensuring that the Stage 4 Archaeological Assessment at the Allandale Station is being conducted thoroughly and with respect to our ancestors. My Council and I visited the site in the summer to ensure that due diligence is being undertaken. On behalf of the Williams Treaties First Nations, we will continue to make this a priority.”
– Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Chief Rodney Noganosh
To date, a large amount of archaeological material has been recovered and the apparent foundation of the 1863 train station has been exposed. Upon completion of the Stage 4 excavations, the determination of the affiliation of any remains recovered from the site will be made by the Archaeologist of Record in accordance with Provincial regulations. The Registrar of Burials will identify the next steps in any further processes.
“The Huron-Wendat Nation is fully engaged and committed to repair an historical injustice to our ancestors. This process of archaeological study is a top priority and we will continue to be involved and take action to ensure our heritage is protected.”
– Huron-Wendat Nation, Grand Chief Konrad Sioui