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


Other Basque sites, the Newfoundland edition

When you mention the word Basque in this Province the minds of most people go to the UNESCO Word Heritage site at Red Bay and the remains of the very well preserved 16th century Basque whaling industry represented there. People are often surprised when they learn there are more than 30 other registered Basque sites … Continue reading Other Basque sites, the Newfoundland edition

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

What is the …most interesting …oldest …nicest …weirdest artifact you ever found?

When I tell folks I am an archaeologist I usually hear the same questions ‘What is the …most interesting …oldest …nicest …weirdest artifact you ever found?’ I thought for this blog post I could try to answer these questions. I also sent the questions to several of my colleagues. Below are our answers. A colleague … Continue reading What is the …most interesting …oldest …nicest …weirdest artifact you ever found?

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