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Bill Ross wins Canadian archeology award

Thunder Bay archaeologist remains active in retirement
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Bill Ross (Ont. Archaeological Society photo)

THUNDER BAY — The Canadian Archaeological Association has honoured the achievements of Thunder Bay archeologist Bill Ross.

Ross received the 2018 Roscoe Wilmeth Award at the association's recent annual meeting in Winnipeg.

The award is presented to a member who has a record of outstanding long-term service to the CAA and to Canadian archeology.

The association said Ross has had a long and distinguished career working with the province and as a consultant.

During his years in public service, he and his colleagues undertook an ambitious program of research and public outreach throughout Northwestern Ontario. He contributed to the development of the region's cultural history and assisted in developing public archeology and heritage education programs including the founding of a regional manuscript series, that remain the core professional literature for the region.

Ross was a founding member of the Thunder Bay chapter of the Ontario Archeological Society and has been co-chair of the Lake Superior Basin workshops for the last 34 years.

He served as President and Past President of the CAA from 2011 to 2014.

In his retirement, Ross remains active as an adjunct member of the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University.