The Labrador South Coastal Survey (LSCS) 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 extended from Cape St. Charles to Seal Island (near Frenchmans Harbour), Labrador, and was directed by Marianne Stopp and she was assisted by Doug Rutherford. … Continue reading Labrador South Coastal Survey: 1991
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
The southern end of Trinity Bay, including Bull Arm, contains some very interesting archaeology sites. Looking at the map below (See the red polygon), we are dealing with 34 sites that contain components from every precontact Indigenous group that inhabited Newfoundland and several interesting European sites. Some of the more interesting sites in the area … Continue reading Southern end of Trinity Bay
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
Two weeks ago I told you about an eclectic Northern Peninsula private collection* that was donated to the Provincial Archaeology Office (PAO). That post focused on the precontact portion of the collection. This post will focus on the post-contact portion of the collection. Some of this collection originated archaeologically, some of the material was given … Continue reading Private Collection Part 2
Given Newfoundland and Labradors connection to the sea you may be surprised to learn that of the nearly 5000 registered sites in this province, fewer than 100 are shipwrecks. This small number is likely the result of a number of factors. Most of the ships connected with our past were wooden and wooden ships generally … Continue reading Empire Energy
You may have recently seen the news item about the Basque burials at Red Bay Labrador. These burials were excavated in the 1980s from Saddle Island, the largest of the islands at the mouth of Red Bay Harbour. The burials are part of an extensive industrial whaling complex dating from the 1520s. This complex was … Continue reading Who else was on Saddle Island?