Closure of Important Parks Canada Archaeological Facility

The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society is saddened to learn of Parks Canada’s continuing plans to close their Archaeology Lab in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This purpose-built facility was opened in 2009, specifically designed to preserve, house, and protect the archaeological artifacts from Atlantic Canada’s archaeological sites under federal jurisdiction.

According to a report from the Nova Scotia Archaeological Society (NSAS), Parks Canada’s continued plans are to shutter this world-class laboratory and ship the archaeological artifacts stored there to Gatineau, Quebec, for long-term storage.

The complete NLAS statement on this issue can be read here.

The current President of the NLAS was on CBC Central Radio morning show recently discussing this issue.

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CCARP 2016 Artifact Display

The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society (NLAS) Community Collections Archaeological Research Project (CCARP) for 2016 was based on a collection of historic and pre-contact artifacts collected from the North Coast of Labrador. It includes 11 stone tools, 7 kaolin pipes (provenience unknown, but likely from Labrador), and utensils and lead line weights collected at Okak. These items all came to the NLAS by way of the Labrador Institute, where they remained after being donated by Carol Brice-Bennett.

The collection of archaeological objects within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is restricted to licensed archaeological investigation under the Historic Resources Act. Archaeological objects have in the past been, and continue to be, collected by local citizens, who may or may not be aware of the legislation protecting the Province’s archaeological heritage.

The report is now online and can be found here.

The collection is now on display at the Happy Valley-Goose Bay campus of the College of the North Atlantic. See the photos of the display below.

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2017 NLAS Heritage Fair Award Winner

The NLAS has developed a Heritage Fair award called the First Peoples Award. The inaugural winner was Isaiah Pamak. He won for his project titled “Aftermath of the Spanish Flu”, which detailed the impacts the flu had in Labrador. Isaiah is a student at the Amos Comenius Memorial School, in Hopedale and the regional Heritage Fair was held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The heritage fair was run by the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Congratulations Isaiah!

Images of the winner used with permission.

Isaiah with his project, “Aftermath of the Spanish Flu”.

Isaiah with NLAS Director Dr. Scott Neilsen.

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CCARP 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society (NLAS) Community Collections Archaeological Research Project (CCARP) for 2016 was based on a collection of historic and pre-contact artifacts collected from the North Coast of Labrador. It includes 11 stone tools, 7 kaolin pipes (provenience unknown, but likely from Labrador), and utensils and lead line weights collected at Okak. These items all came to the NLAS by way of the Labrador Institute, where they remained after being donated by Carol Brice-Bennett.

The collection of archaeological objects within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is restricted to licensed archaeological investigation under the Historic Resources Act. Archaeological objects have in the past been, and continue to be, collected by local citizens, who may or may not be aware of the legislation protecting the Province’s archaeological heritage.

The report is now online and can be found here.

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Spring Fling Membership Drive 2017

Last year’s Spring Fling Membership Drive was such a success that we’re offering it again this year! Renew your membership or become a member for the first time and receive a free publication until April 30th.

 

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In Memory of Ken Reynolds

The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society is truly saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Reynolds, of the Provincial Archaeology Office. With Ken’s death, we have lost both a great friend and a wonderful colleague, whose encyclopedic, broad-ranging knowledge of Newfoundland and Labrador archaeology can never be replaced. So many of us have had help, guidance, advice, and grand chats with Ken, and he made our small archaeological community a better place.

The NLAS understands that a scholarship in Ken’s name is being organized for the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University, and in the coming weeks we will announce our plans for a donation to the scholarship fund. We cannot think of a better way to honour Ken’s memory than to support future generations of archaeologists in the province. Thank you, Ken, for being a great friend, and for your never-ending enthusiasm for Newfoundland and Labrador’s archaeology.

http://www.barretts.ca/book-of-memories/2806911/Reynolds-Ken/obituary.php

Ken on Two Mile Island, Exploit's River, pondering a Beothuk housepit 2015.

Ken on Two Mile Island, Exploit’s River, pondering a Beothuk housepit 2015.

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CCARP Terms of Reference for 2016-2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society (NLAS) seeks an archaeologist to catalogue an archaeological collection from Labrador for its 2016/2017 Community Collections Archaeological Research Project (CCARP). This will be the fourth CCARP produced by the NLAS, which is supported by funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

CCARP Terms of Reference 2016-2017

The collection this year is a combination of historic and pre-contact artifacts collected from the North Coast of Labrador. It includes 11 stone tools, 7 kaolin pipes (provenience unknown, but likely from Labrador), and utensils and lead line weights collected at Okak. These items all came to the NLAS by way of the Labrador Institute, where they remained after being donated by Carol Brice-Bennett.

The project will run from January 1, 2017 to March 1, 2017. LETTERS OF INTEREST along with a CV and REFERENCES (The names of two people as references, we don’t require letters up front with the application) are to be submitted by e-mail by 4 p.m., December 14, 2016 to:
nlas@nlarchsociety.ca

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NLAS AGM & Public Lecture On Viking Studies in Newfoundland and Labrador

Join the NLAS  for  a free public lecture by Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson of Memorial University. The title of her lecture is: How Many Spindle Whorls do You Need to Spin a Yarn? Viking Studies in Newfoundland and Labrador

This event will be November 10, 2016 at 7 PM in room UC-3018, The Landing, Smallwood University Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s. The NLAS Annual General Meeting will follow the lecture.

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Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities!
Come Meet us October 26th

Drop by Big Ben’s Pub in Churchill Square in St. John’s on Wednesday, October 26th from 4:30pm on for a casual meet-and-greet with some of our current board members and learn more about what we do behind the scenes.

We’re always interested in having new volunteers, too. You can volunteer at an event or a workshop, or on a committee, or even become involved on our Board. This year we’ll be looking for Executive Committee nominees for Vice President and Secretary.

So, come on out to meet us, to find out what we do, and what we’re all about as a society. You’ll recognize our table– we’re the ones with a trowel propped up in a pint glass!

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International Archaeology Day and the Bill Melbourne Collection

International Archaeology Day is held each year on the third Saturday of October.

International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October archaeological organizations across Canada, the United States, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.

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As part of International Archaeology Day the NLAS is releasing a new Community Collections Archaeological Research Project (CCARP) based on a collection donated by Bill Melbourne from Burgeo.  We want to thank Bill for sharing this collection with the NLAS; in so doing, he provided us with new information on archaeological sites in the Burgeo area.

Please keep in mind that our aim is not to encourage private collection of artifacts, but rather to record these undocumented sites, as well as educate and inform people about what to do if you find an archaeological site.

Click on the cover image below to view and download a complete, free copy of the CCARP report on the Bill Melbourne Archaeology Collection.

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