Ben Mortimer, A.P.A., M.A.
Associate and Senior Archaeologist, GIS and IT Specialist
Prior to joining Paterson Group in 2012 and founding the Archaeological Division, Ben held various positions with the National Parks and Native Sites Program of Parks Canada’s Terrestrial Archaeology – Cultural Resource Management Division. In his 13 years at Parks, Ben advanced from a material culture lab assistant to archaeological assistant, archaeologist and lastly project archaeologist. Ben undertook a wide variety of archaeological projects on sites across the province of Ontario, including material culture analyses, field excavation, monitoring, impact assessments, and related planning on a breadth of sites from the early occupations of Ontario through to late 19th and early 20th century homesteads. Ben received his Honours Bachelors of Arts in Historic and Industrial Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2000. While at Laurier, Ben undertook twelve weeks of field school training, a position as teaching assistant on a field school, volunteering, and various CRM jobs, adding practical experience to his academic knowledge. In 2012, Ben completed his Masters of Arts in Anthropology at Trent University, involving a detailed material culture analysis of Woodland period ceramics from Georgian Bay Islands National Park and a critique of Ontario’s culture history models. Ben’s leadership on recent Paterson projects at Fort Henry, ability to manage large scale projects such as West Block monitoring and the Barrack Hill Cemetery, and his extensive archaeological experiences across various themes and times demonstrate his ability to lead and manage a diversity of archaeological projects in all regions and historic periods of Ontario.
Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications, 2014, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC
M.A. 2012, Anthropology – Trent University, Peterborough, ON
B.A. (Hons) 2000, Archaeology Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
LICENCE/ PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Professional Ontario Archaeological License
Association of Professional Archaeologists
Society for American Archaeology
Ontario Archaeological Society - Ottawa Chapter Boar Member
Council for Northeastern Historical Archaeology