Religion in the Archaeological Record

Religion and its associated rituals is 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

Torngat Archaeological Project

Last week I had the chance to see four graduate student thesis proposals at the Archaeology Unit at Memorial University of Newfoundland. They were great proposals and included one that will investigate several Inuit sites in northern Labrador, including sites found during the Torngat Archaeological Project (PDF). The Torngat Archaeological Project (TAP) is the largest … Continue reading Torngat Archaeological Project

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

What’s in a name? Part 2

Two weeks ago I brought you a post about the names used by archaeologists to identify the precontact groups in Newfoundland and Labrador. Archaeologists do not know what the people of these groups referred to themselves as. The name most Aboriginal people apply to themselves in their own language usually means something like ‘the people’ … Continue reading What’s in a name? Part 2

What’s in a name?

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?