by Michael Whittaker
The Rideau Valley Archaeological Society (RVAS) formed Sunday, January 21 at the Goose and Gridiron in Merrickville with about 20 people in attendance.
“The Rideau Valley Archaeological Society is committed to preserving local history, and learning about our past,” said Michael Whittaker, the society’s initiator. “The society will identify and record actual and potential prehistoric and historic sites. Sites will be researched, and officially reported to the municipalities in which they are located, and to the Province of Ontario.”
The RVAS is committed to the study of archaeology, developing the capacity to conduct archaeological assessments, and the opportunity for members to acquire an Avocational Archaeologist License from the Province of Ontario.
Before the RVAS seeks chapter status with the Ontario Archaeological Association (OAS), the society intends to develop as a structured, stable organization, proving its value to the communities along the Rideau River.
There was unanimous agreement on the name. A large majority of the attendees live in the watershed of the Rideau River. However, this geographic description no way limits potential members joining from further afield.
The 35 individuals who have expressed interest in the society are a diverse lot with backgrounds including education, history, archaeology, archives, biology, cartography, project management, media relations, and more.
A Facebook Page will soon be created, along with an RVAS email. Those wanting more information or to join the society should contact Michael Whittaker, firstname.lastname@example.org.