William Fox

Photo William Fox Speaker at 2016 Forum SOKBill Fox has been involved in Ontario archaeology for over 50 years and participated in research throughout the northeast U.S., and in several European countries – most extensively in Cyprus. He was employed by the Provincial government for 19 years as Regional Archaeologist of Northwestern, north central, and then, southwestern Ontario; next as Senior Archaeologist for the province, and finally supervisor of the Development Plans Review Unit.

Additional responsibilities included unmarked grave investigations throughout southern Ontario with local and provincial police and the Provincial Cemeteries Branch, plus liaising with First Nation band councils and traditionalists.

In 1992, Bill was hired by Parks Canada as Chief of Archaeology for the Prairie and Northern Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NWT (including Nunavut)). His 22 year career with the Federal government took him from Winnipeg to Inuvik to Ucluelet to Peterborough in various management roles. Today he continues his research as an Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Graduate Program at Trent University, and is an instructor in the Anthropology Department.

Throughout these years, he has had the honour of working with Native communities from Quebec to BC and across the entire North. A more detailed resume, plus a few published articles, can be viewed on his Academia.edu WEB page.

2016 Forum

Indigenous Life in a Dynamic Environment: The Post-Algonquin Huron Basin

Following the demise of proglacial Lake Algonquin in the Huron Basin, water levels fluctuated widely, reaching record lows and bouncing up and down several times thereafter, before stabilizing at essentially modern levels roughly 2,000 years ago. At the same time, forest cover was morphing as new tree species colonized the basin and adjacent uplands. This in turn provided Indigenous peoples with opportunities and challenges in terms of subsistence and technology. Paleoenvironmental and archaeological evidence from throughout the Huron basin is considered in an attempt to construct a culture historical overview spanning the period from c.8,000 BCE to c.1500 C.E.


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