Excavation uncovers Acadian aboiteau

Darrell Cole
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Believed to be more than 250 years old

AMHERST Workers building a new sluicegate on the LaPlanche River got a bit of a surprise recently when their excavation uncovered a 250-year-old Acadian aboiteau.

They didnt know what it was at first. It was a little extraordinary and didnt look like something theyd expect to find. It was buried under about three metres of marsh mud. They set it aside just in case it was something important and it was, Doug Bacon said. Its history that takes us back to the Acadian period.

Bacon, who is participating in a Department of Agriculture project to divert the river through a new sluicegate, called in Parks Canada archeologist Charles Burke from the nearby Beaubassin dig to examine the five-metre long artifact and confirm that it was an aboiteau.

An aboiteau is a hinged valve in a dyke allowing fresh water to run off a saltmarsh and prevents salt water from entering at high tide.

For full story see Wednesday's edition of the Amherst Daily News

Organizations: Department of Agriculture, Parks Canada, Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: LaPlanche River

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