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William J. Wintemberg 1876-1941

William J. Wintemberg 1876-1941

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004

William J. Wintemberg 1876-1941

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The Township of Wilmot
In New Dundee, at the entrance gate to a park
on the north side of Bridge Street
just west of Main Street

Coordinates: N 43 21.032 W 80 31.706


Plaque Text

An outstanding Canadian archaeologist, Wintemberg was born in New Dundee and, as a youth, developed an avid interest in this region's folklore and prehistory. After 1901, he pursued various trades in Toronto but, encouraged by David Boyle of the Provincial Archaeological Museum there, he devoted himself increasingly to archaeological field-work and study. Following his appointment in 1912 to the Victoria Memorial Museum in Ottawa, Wintemberg undertook excavations in eastern Canada, notably in Ontario, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. Through his earlier work, and systematic excavations completed in Ontario between 1912 and 1930, he gained international recognition as an authority on Iroquoian prehistory. Wintemberg's major site reports, long a basis for understanding Iroquoian and Algonkian cultures in southern Ontario, had contributed significantly to the advancement of archaeology.



Wilmot Plaques

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> Posted February 7, 2012
I didn't think that there was a plaque for him. I mean, my dad said that his great great grandfather was one of the founders of Canadian archaeology but... wow! Cool! I actually am related to someone kind of famous! Thank you for putting this up! :)

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