For over a century, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and its predecessors have preserved ancient artifacts from the Ottawa Valley. Often these objects had been accidentally discovered. However, in other cases, these collections were the fruits of the passion that certain individuals held for these witnesses of bigone days; people for whom it was important to study the past in order to increase our understanding of it and to share the results of these investigations with others.
Here are four individuals who distinguished themselves by their committment to the study of the Ottawa Valley's ancient history. They are avocational archaeologists in the sense that they were not paid for what they did. Learn more about them by clicking on their pictures.