The Curtis site, a Maritime Archaic cemetery

One of the best known archaeological sites in Newfoundland and Labrador is the Maritime Archaic cemetery at Port au Choix. The site was found in 1967 during the excavation of a building. Dr. James Tuck of Memorial University investigated this discovery in the fall of 1967 and returned to the site for the next two … Continue reading The Curtis site, a Maritime Archaic cemetery

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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

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

Music in the ground

I enjoy writing these blog posts, but even writing them every two weeks is becoming difficult. I now find myself searching for topics and looking for inspiration days in advance. The inspiration for this week's post comes from a friend and colleague's blog post from last week. Tim Rast runs a company called Elfshot which … Continue reading Music in the ground

Gold Cove, Brown’s Cove and Dr. Elmer Harp

The earliest documented archaeological work in Newfoundland and Labrador dates to the late 1870s with T.G.B. Lloyd who was a geologist working with the Geological Survey of Canada. Lloyd did not carry out excavations; rather he just collected archaeological artifacts that he attributed to the Beothuk. However, he did publish four papers on his collections … Continue reading Gold Cove, Brown’s Cove and Dr. Elmer Harp