Two weeks ago I told you about the 1991 season of the Labrador South Coastal Survey (LSCS). This was a two-year archaeology project which started in 1991 and covered more than 600 kilometres of previously unexamined Labrador coastline. The 1991 survey area was between Cape St. Charles and Seal Island, Labrador. It was directed by … Continue reading Labrador South Coastal Survey: 1992
Religion and its associated rituals are a very personal thing to most people but it is an important thing for archaeologists to understand. Religion guides people and entire cultures through numerous aspects of everyday life from how they handle death to how they relate to the natural world. While being mostly intangible, religion can be … Continue reading Religion in the Archaeological Record
The Tshikapisk Foundation was created in 1997 by a group of Innu concerned with the disruptive consequences that the sudden change from a life based on the country (Nutshimit) to one based on permanent settlement in villages brought to the Innu. Their strategy looked to address the ensuing social difficulties by building a self-supporting economy … Continue reading Archaeology, Kamestastin Lake & the Tshikapisk Foundation
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
As an archaeologist people who have found artifacts such as old pieces of ceramic, square nails or various stone tools while they are out on a walk or building a new fence on their property contact me on a regular basis. I think these people show us their artifacts because they are history enthusiasts. They are … Continue reading Enthusiast of a different kind – Metal detectors
Archaeology is often about the classification of objects, which can be done in a variety of different ways, such as material type, size, method of manufacture and style, among others. Classification can be used to help determine such things as function, age, use, and cultural affinity. In essence, archaeologists arrange pre-contact artifacts into like-groups that … Continue reading What’s in a name?
Today nearly 280 archaeological and ethnographic sites are known to exist within 75 km of the Western Labrador-Quebec border. However, the vast majority of those sites were found in the last 30 years. Prior to the early 1980s, the area was nearly an archaeological void. It was one of the last large areas of North … Continue reading Archaeological void no more