The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario with a mandate to identify, preserve and protect cultural and natural heritage across the province. As a result, the Trust owns and/or protects 467 properties and within this portfolio there are 166 registered archaeological sites.
This Heritage Talk, by Dena Doroszenko, Senior Archaeologist with OHT, will focus on several recent projects: 1) The Spadina Museum archaeology program in Toronto; 2) Archaeology at the Niagara Apothecary, Niagara-on-the-Lake and 3) Archaeological and archival research of the Ashbridge Estate, Toronto. These projects demonstrate the variety of fieldwork that takes place across the province which includes public archaeology, research and mitigating restoration work.
Since 1978, the presenter, Dena Doroszenko, has worked for a series of public and private agencies resulting in her involvement with a wide variety of archaeological and historic sites across the Province of Ontario. Prior experience with professional and avocational archaeological societies, teaching public archaeology programs and directing excavations have provided opportunities to be directly involved in policy development, public education, promotion and advocacy. As the Senior Archaeologist for the Ontario Heritage Trust, her responsibilities include the design and implementation of historical and archaeological research programs including collections management, focussing on the wide range of provincially significant sites that fall under the purview of the Trust. Her research interests include urban archaeology in Toronto, the archaeology of domestic sites, public archaeology, industrial archaeology, African-Canadian studies and historic material culture across Ontario.