Old Fort Erie Archaeology

The remains of the oldest British Army fort in Ontario lie just east of today’s Old Fort Erie heritage site. Originally constructed in 1764, the fort was the site of an important archaeological dig in 2019, by the Wilfrid Laurier University archaeological field school.

Now, Niagara Parks would like to interpret this important heritage site to share its story with the public. Help Niagara Parks tell the story of the original Old Fort Erie.


Archaeology at the old fort

In spring 2019, under the direction of Dr. John Triggs, an on-site field school conducted over five weeks excavated areas at the site of the original Fort Erie, revealing evidence of the 18th century structure.

With your support, Niagara Parks will preserve and interpret the archaeology site for the public to explore.


Discovering the fort

Dr. Triggs and his team's search for the original fort is an excellent example of documentary research, remote sensing, interpretation and excavation.

Using period resources like historic maps and plans in combination with modern technology like geographic information systems, drone imagery and ground penetrating radar, the 1764 fort was located approximately 150 metres southeast of today's Old Fort Erie, guarding the approach to the Niagara River from Lake Erie.

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