2016-2017 A Season of Loss

This is my first post in six months. While I have been busy, I have also been putting this off because I didn't know how to start it. On Christmas Day 2016 we lost a colleague and friend, Ken Reynolds. Since then the archaeology community in Newfoundland and Labrador has suffered several losses. Ken began his … Continue reading 2016-2017 A Season of Loss


Cemetery site, Red Bay, Labrador

The Cemetery site was brought to the attention of the Provincial Archaeology Office (PAO) in 2002 when a volunteer with the Bird Cove Archaeology Project who was visiting Red Bay found a complete quartzite biface and several other pieces of quartz detritus. Initially thinking this was a new site we named it the Quartz Point … Continue reading Cemetery site, Red Bay, Labrador

Saddle Island West artifacts

While writing my thesis on the Recent Indian period I had to read all the material I could find on that period of Newfoundland and Labrador's past. That's when I learned about the Recent Indian site on Saddle Island, Red Bay. I told you before about the various groups of people who had occupied Saddle … Continue reading Saddle Island West artifacts

Dr. Priscilla Renouf

Most people reading this post will be aware that Dr. Priscilla Renouf passed away last week. The community of archaeologists who work in Newfoundland and Labrador is very small and when one of our members passes, we all feel it. I had regular dealings with her and I worked for her for one summer. She … Continue reading Dr. Priscilla Renouf

Archaeology & Tourism

The Provincial Archaeology Office (PAO) is part of the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (TCR), Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The PAO is the regulatory agency for all archaeology conducted on provincial land within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The PAO are responsible for archaeological site management and protection; archaeological permitting; review of … Continue reading Archaeology & Tourism

Hot Rocks and the Maritime Archaic Indians: Heat treating chert

In 1996, I went on my first archaeological excavation. The archaeologist in charge was David Reader. The year before he had found a culturally mixed precontact Aboriginal site outside Cox's Cove on Newfoundland's west coast. The site turned out to have Groswater & Dorset Palaeoeskimo house pits and, for the first time on the west … Continue reading Hot Rocks and the Maritime Archaic Indians: Heat treating chert

Indiana Jones and the Public Perception of Archaeology

I love the Indiana Jones movies, they are a lot of fun and I really like Harrison Ford as an actor but I have to say, he has ruined the public perception of what archaeology really is about. For example, I do not own a felt Fedora, a bullwhip or a pistol. However, I do … Continue reading Indiana Jones and the Public Perception of Archaeology