Getting a hand on history

Raissa Tetanish
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FORT LAWRENCE - Pins, needles, buttons, buckles and thimbles.

Those are just a few artifacts archaeologist Charles Burke is hoping participants will find in this summer's dig at Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence national historic sites.

"We're going to be pursuing a number of places where we were working last year and recovered very large numbers of artifacts of a very unique type. In one location, just at the end of last season, in two units we encountered literally hundreds of artifacts you would associate with a tailor or clothesmaker," he said, referring to the small items and others such as scissors, clasps and hooks.

"The type of item you would expect to find in large numbers at the house site of somebody who was engaged in that as a trade."

This is the fifth consecutive year for the dig, which includes public participation.

Beginning July 14, the dig will occur every Thursday to Sunday for four consecutive weeks.

For more information or to register to participate, call (506) 364-5080. Registration is open to 12 participants each day at a cost of $36.70 per person.

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