A project archaeologist as well as a member of the Ontario Archaeological Society, the Society of American Archaeology, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Thanos spends a lot of time in the past. With 25 years of experience working with academic institutions and private firms, Thanos has garnered a great amount of expertise, and he’s specialized in zooarchaeology, marine archaeology, and urban archaeology.
Overseeing the management of archaeological projects within environmental services, Thanos is on-task whether he’s mobilizing field crews, talking to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, writing reports, or engaging with First Nations communities.
Capitalizing on a long-cultivated familiarity with downtown Toronto, Thanos has been instrumental in a number of urban projects including the recent excavation of a Toronto parking lot. There, he and his team found mid-19th century privies preserved by newer foundations. The trove offered up over 13,000 artifacts.
In Thanos’ line of work, knowing a little bit about what people valued can tell you a lot about how they lived. It’s that sort of story that he’s excited to find any time he cracks open a new site.