Q. How do I know if SJAI has a current archaeological licence?
A. Individuals are licenced by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, not companies. Land archaeological licences are usually three years in duration. You can check the date of the licence renewal by going to: http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/archaeology/licensed_archaeologists.shtml Then look under Professional, Scarlett Janusas, and you will see the licence renewal date.
Q. Is a licence needed for marine archaeology?
A. Yes, but these are issued on a project by project basis. SJAI has a sound reputation with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport and has never had any difficulty acquiring a marine licence.
Q. What do I need to provide to SJAI in order to receive an informed proposal/quote?
A. For land archaeological assessments, it is important to know the location of the project, the size of the project lands, condition of the property (can it be ploughed, is it a woodlot), and what is being required (Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 or combination of these). A site plan is usually helpful in proposal development.
Q. Is archaeology governed by any rules or regulations?
A. Yes, the Ontario Heritage Act (1974) governs the requirement for archaeology and the licencing of individuals to conduct archaeology. In 2011, the MTCS issued Standards and Guidelines for Consulting Archaeologists. These are very specific and govern how we can do archaeology in the province, and how our reports must be written. You can check these out at: http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/archaeology/archaeology_s_g.shtml
Q. Are there any resources I can check for more information on archaeology?
A. Yes, the best place is to check with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport webpage. http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/archaeology/archaeology_planning.shtml This web page will explain public policy and legislative requirements, how archaeological sites are identified, explains archaeological potential, explains the role of approval authorities, the archaeological consultant and the ministry, describes archaeological management plans, and what to do if you find human bone.