Teaser: Notre Dame Bay zodiac trip

I had the opportunity this week to take a zodiac trip around a small part of Notre Dame Bay and visit some known archaeology sites including Beothuk burial places. Thanks to the generosity of Ocean Quest Close Encounters Twillingate and Captain Grant Cudmore we were able to visit two possibly three known sites and we found a new cobble pit site.

Notre Dame Bay zodiac trip. Red line is the route, yellow dots are the known sites in the area.
Notre Dame Bay zodiac trip. Red line is the route, yellow dots are the known sites in the area.

Fortunately, interpreters from the Beothuk Interpretation Centre in Boyd’s Cove accompanied me on my trip. I say fortunately because thanks to the keen eye and sharp memory of interpreter Desond Canning we were able to relocate the Swan Island Beothuk Burial Cave. Desmond remembered the photo below from James P. Howley’s book, The Beothucks or Red Indians: The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Newfoundland and from that we relocated the site. It was originally visited by Howley in 1886 and it was looted at that early date. The site was revisited by archaeologists Helen Devereux and Ingeborg Marshall in 1965 and 1973 respectively.

View of the Swan Island burial taken from Howley 1915.
View of the Swan Island burial taken from Howley 1915.
Swan Island burial location today.
Swan Island burial location today.

Because I took the time out of my schedule for this trip I have some catching up to do at work so I will have more to say on this trip in my next blog post.

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