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Public dig wraps up

FORT LAWRENCE - Three years into a public archaeological dig at Beaubassin and the ground at this historic site continues to yield terrific results.
Speaking to members of the Amherst Rotary Club on Monday, Charles Burke said this year's dig, held over four weekends, attracted 420 paid participants from throughout the Maritimes.
Burke is pleased with the 5,000 or so artifacts that were collected this year, including yet another lead seal from the 1700s. Those seals, he said, indicate Beaubassin was a major player in trade routes between Quebec, Louisburg and New England.
Open discussion needed
AMHERST - Cumberland Wilderness wants an open discussion on the future of the Chignecto Game Sanctuary, one that involves all the stakeholders including those on both sides of the debate.
Responding to comments by Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott earlier this week about a plan brought forward earlier this year by the Natural Resources Department, group spokesperson Harry Thurston said that proposal was neither open nor transparent.
In his request for an update, Scott said the government needs to engage the public in a transparent and fair consultation process, saying that a DNR proposal to protect 20,000 acres of the 55,000-acre reserve was developed through a stakeholder consultation.

Organizations: Amherst Rotary Club, Natural Resources Department

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Quebec, Louisburg New England

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