Archaeology and the Beothuk at Indian Point, Red Indian Lake: Part 1

The history of Red Indian Lake is intimately tied to the aboriginal occupation of the Island of Newfoundland. Based on artifacts recovered we know the site was used by Archaic, Palaeoeskimo and Recent Indian period peoples. As well, there is plenty of evidence for Beothuk and Mi'kmaq use of the lake in the historic period. … Continue reading Archaeology and the Beothuk at Indian Point, Red Indian Lake: Part 1

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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

Enthusiast of a different kind – Metal detectors

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

Dead Cameras, Live wires and Mi’kmaq Cemeteries

I worked this past weekend which is unusual for me.  I had to check on the location of a cemetery in Gambo and a cemetery in Kippens.  Usually my road trips are somewhat uneventful, this one had several small surprises in store. While I was in Gambo I had the opportunity to check on a … Continue reading Dead Cameras, Live wires and Mi’kmaq Cemeteries