London’s archaeological record extends back at least 11,000 years, when following the retreat of glaciers, humans first occupied southwestern Ontario. London’s archaeological record is a valuable cultural heritage resource which can make a real and meaningful contribution to the social and economic fabric of our community. Our stewardship and management of archaeological resources shows our respect for past occupation, settlement, and cultures that have had an influence on our City.
The City of London adopted the Archaeological Master Plan (1996) to guide in the identification, management, and protection of archaeological resources. This has been replaced by the Archaeological Management Plan (2017), which reflects legislative changes and an evolution of best practices in archaeological resource management.