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
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
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
The Mi’kmaq on the island of Newfoundland seem to be going through something of a cultural revival; more and more people are recognizing their ancestral roots and learning about their past. The Mi’kmaq are perhaps best known in the province of Nova Scotia, but they have a long history of occupation on the island of … Continue reading Newfoundland Mi’kmaq
Many people in Newfoundland and Labrador believe they have a good understanding of the Beothuk. Yet there is still a great deal of misinformation about them. In this post, I'll try to shed some light on some of these misconceptions and give you a few facts about the Beothuk. I have heard statements that 1) … Continue reading Beothuk facts?
This is the continuation of post I started two weeks ago. 5000-4000 years ago This millennium saw the rise of Egypt's Old Kingdom and the start of construction of the Egyptian pyramids; they would remain the tallest and largest human constructions for thousands of years. Also in Egypt, pharaohs began to posture themselves as living … Continue reading At the same time: Part 2
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