Chris J-Andersen

From 1994 to 2009, FBP supported archaeological work along the Little Bonnechere River, extending through three provincial parks. In 1991, when a projectile point was found on the Bonnechere Park beach, Regional Archaeologist Chris Andersen was contacted by Park Superintendent Jim Fraser. Chris advised Jim that there was a known archaeological site within the Park, and became instrumental in assisting Jim in organizing a mini-conference in 1994. Thereafter, Bonnechere Park, FBP and the Ontario Archaeological Society – Ottawa Chapter became partners in discovering the hidden heritage of the Park and its watershed.

Chris provided the archaeological licence, expertise and leadership during the first archaeological research efforts at Basin Depot in Algonquin Park in May and September 1996. Although health issues prevented a hands-on role in subesquent research, Chris remained a valuable resource and support.

In looking back at the partnership’s successes in conducting archaeological research over thirteen years, FBP recognizes that it took Chris Andersen’s willingness as Regional Archaeologist and as a volunteer to get the ball rolling in the first place.

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