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Stories of (Pre) History: Jury Family Legacies
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
London , Ontario

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   The world's impression of
early-Ontario history is due
in large part to projects
that the Jury family
undertook in the first half
of the 20th century. The
Jurys—Amos, his son Wilfrid
and Wilfrid's wife
Elsie—worked on sites and
projects spanning the

prehistoric, historic
aboriginal and historic
pioneer periods in what would
become Canada's second
largest province. Today, some
people question Wilfrid's
methods and Elsie's
historical research, but the
fact remains that the Jurys'
work left an indelible

impression on Canadian
archaeology.
   Well travelled and
sophisticated, the Jurys met
many famous people in their
day and were ardent note-
takers and record keepers.
Reports, articles, countless
manuscripts, photographs,
newspaper clippings,

correspondence, trays of
artifacts and Wilfrid and
Elsie's own autobiographies
tell a fascinating tale of
three archeologists and their
work. This trove of material,
forming the basis of the
museum project, chronicles
the development and use of
archaeological sites in

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