The Archaic site at Forteau Point, southern Labrador

Residents of southern Labrador and areas of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland were well aware of the archaeological sites in their presence long before Diamond Jenness and William J. Wintemberg conducted preliminary surveys in those areas in the late 1920s. In 1949 and 1961 Elmer Harp conducted more archaeological fieldwork in those areas aided, no … Continue reading The Archaic site at Forteau Point, southern Labrador

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Archaeology in the Strait of Belle Isle, Labrador: The L’Anse Amour burial mound

During the summers of 1973 and 1974 Dr. Robert McGhee and Dr. James Tuck, both then professors at Memorial University of Newfoundland surveyed a large portion of the southern Labrador coast from the Quebec/Labrador border up to Red Bay. They found or relocated 13 sites including a number of important archaeological sites such as the … Continue reading Archaeology in the Strait of Belle Isle, Labrador: The L’Anse Amour burial mound

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

The Dating Game: Labrador

Who and when are two of the most basic questions in archaeology.  The question of who is generally understood in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The question of when is often answered with radiocarbon dating, particularly for precontact cultures.  I am not going to get into how radiocarbon dating works nor am I going to get into … Continue reading The Dating Game: Labrador

West St. Modeste

There are nearly 5000 recorded archaeological sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They range in size from large precontact Aboriginal sites like Port au Choix or Nulliak Cove to very small spot finds of just an artifact or two.  There are huge European sites like those at L'anse aux Meadows, Red Bay or Ferryland and smaller European sites that consist of … Continue reading West St. Modeste