City of Barrie officials say the archaeological study of the historic Allandale Station lands are going to take longer than initially planned.

While the city, in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation and the Williams Treaty First Nation communities, say they are making good progress, the assessment, which began in early June, will now extend into the spring of 2019. Being undertaken in accordance with provincial regulations, a section of the site still needs to be investigated.

“Rama First Nation is working with the City of Barrie and the Huron-Wendat Nation in ensuring that the stage-four archaeological assessment at the Allandale Station is being conducted thoroughly and with respect to our ancestors,” said Chippewas of Rama First Nation Chief Rodney Noganosh. “My council and I visited the site in the summer to ensure that due diligence is being undertaken. On behalf of the Williams Treaties First Nations, we will continue to make this a priority.”

The purpose of the archaeological work is to better understand the previous land use in the area over the last 700 or so years. With a complex history, the area has been disturbed numerous times, including the construction of several 19th century structures, a flood in 1896 and the construction of the Allandale Train Station buildings in 1905.

A large amount of archaeological material has been recovered and the apparent foundation of the 1863 train station has been exposed. When stage-four excavations are completed, the determination of the affiliation of any remains recovered from the site will be made by the archaeologist of record in accordance with provincial regulations.

The registrar of burials will identify the next steps in any further processes.

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