Schreiber Wood Archaeology

stone bridge over pond surrounded by trees in summer
Watkins Pond Bridge on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Photo by Randy Landicho.

The Schreiber Wood archaeological project takes place on the north end of University of Toronto Mississauga campus on lands once owned by Weymouth Schreiber and his family. This website will serve as a repository for content and links related to the Schreiber Wood Project. Additional content will be posted here soon.

Project origin and goals 

  • The Schreiber Wood archaeological project was initiated for the ANT318H5 archaeological field school at UTM, with a focus on the cultural landscape created by the Schreiber family.
  • One of the project's first goals was identifying the location of Mount Woodham, a house that was located on what is today part of the UTM campus.

The Mystery of Mount Woodham Project

The Mystery of Mount Woodham Project aims to highlight and provide broader outreach on student-involved research at UTM through the example of the Department of Anthropology’s annual archaeological field school. 

Mystery of Mount Woodham Project


The Archaeological Field School Comes to Campus: 10 Years of the Schreiber Wood Project at the University of Toronto Mississauga by Michael Brand, Trevor Orchard, and Sarah Ranlett appears in the Fall 2022 issue of ArchNotes, the newsletter of the Ontario Archaeological Society.

Uncovering the History of UTM: A reflection on advanced archaeological fieldwork by Kiara Kim appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Young Anthropology.

Research posters

Research posters presented at the 2023 Canadian Archaeological Association conference

Research posters presented at the 2022 Canadian Archaeological Association conference

The conference was held in a hybrid format in Edmonton, with students participating virtually.

Research posters presented at the 2022 Ontario Archaeological Association Symposium

The symposium was held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

Research posters presented at the 2020 Ontario Archaeological Society Virtual Symposium

A virtual poster session included a series of four posters by UTM students, faculty, and staff exploring ongoing research on collections generated by the Schreiber Wood Project, which encompasses both the annual UTM Anthropology archaeological field school and the ongoing departmental work study program.

Yasmine Vella received the award for the OAS Best Student Paper award for "Using Legacy Collections at University of Toronto Mississauga for Undergraduate Research", co-authored with Dr. David Smith.

Media coverage

U of T Magazine: Digging for Answers to a Local Mystery

New York Times: Anthropology Students Don't Have to Go Far Afield

toy artifacts on display

On display: children's toy artifacts from Schreiber Wood archaeological site

Visit the the UTM Library entrance to view a display of children's toy artifacts that were excavated right here on campus! Click the link to learn more about the Mystery of Mount Woodham at UTM.