The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society (NLAS) is keen on engaging with private collectors of archaeological material. Under the Community Collections Archaeological Research Project (CCARP) the NLAS hopes to locate and record these private collections as well as facilitate public education and awareness of heritage and archaeological resources. The attached PDF report and photo gallery showcases artifacts collected by Baxter Andrews on Cape Island in Cape Freels, Newfoundland, between 1953 and 2010. Seventeen artifacts were surfaced collected by Mr. Andrews from eroding sand banks during walks along the beach with his wife Bernice. The artifacts represent six precontact cultures including: Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset Palaeoeskimo, Cow Head Recent Indian, Beaches Recent Indian, and Little Passage Recent Indian-Beothuk. This is the second collection catalogued under CCARP.
It’s important to note that collecting artifacts is contrary to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Historic Resources Act. With this project, the NLAS does not condone the future collection of artifacts, but rather, it serves as a mechanism which allows existing collections to be shared for educational purposes.
The Community Collections Archaeological Research Project was funded through the Cultural Economic Development Program – Heritage, Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. The work was carried out by John Andrew Campbell, Department of Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Baxter Andrews Collection photo gallery
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If you would like to report an archaeological discovery, please contact the Provincial Archaeology Office at http://www.btcrd.gov.nl.ca/pao/. Thanks so much!