Uncovering clear evidence

Raissa Tetanish
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Public dig providing valuable information of Acadian life

Don Ervine (left) traveled from Bridgewater to participate in the Parks Canada public archaeological dig. Ervine worked alongside his wife and Mary Willett (right), from Pickering, Ontario, who is going into archaeology in the fall. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

FORT LAWRENCE - Over the past few weeks, materials have been discovered giving archaeologists proof of trading life at Beaubassin.

Charles Burke, lead archaeologist for the Parks Canada Public Archaeology Experience, said the dig, now into its fifth year, is going very well.

"We have enough people to keep the dig going and we're enjoying it every day," said Burke while on site Friday afternoon.

Since the dig began on July 14, several items have come out of the ground.

"We've found a made on site homemade bone button, and the first ever fragment or flake of making stone tools," he said.

Along with the usual beads, needles and pins that the public has found, Burke said this dig has uncovered the third metal arrowhead in four years.

"It's made in France and made exclusively for trade," he said.

With the numbers of pins, needles, and bale seals being found, Burke said it gives evidence of large amounts of trade in the area.

"It's clear that the archaeological evidence suggests this site is of a trading building. The Acadians of Beaubassin were trading with their Mi'kmaq allies."

Anyone who wishes to participate in the last four days of the dig (Thursday to Sunday) can call (506) 364-5080.

Organizations: Parks Canada Public Archaeology Experience

Geographic location: France

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