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A talk by Steve Mills “Memories of Jim Tuck’s Work in Newfoundland & Labrador”, which will be followed by the NLAS AGM

When: Wednesday, November 20th 2019 at 7:00pm

Where: Queen’s College (Room 2013), Memorial University of Newfoundland

There will be free parking provided directly out front of Queen’s College (Lot 19) for the duration of the event. All are welcome to attend!




Conservation in the Field Workshop!

We are pleased to offer a free “Conservation in the Field” Workshop with MUN Archaeological Conservator, Donna Teasdale!

Conservation in the Field (1)

The workshop will be an informal meeting with tips and tricks for what to do while out in the field when you encounter artifacts and other archaeological materials that will need conservation when you return to the lab.

The workshop will take place Thursday, June 6th at 2:00pm in the MUN Archaeology Conservation Lab, Queen’s College (Room 1004).

This event is free and no registration is required. We can’t wait to see you there!

Photo: A Spanish olive jar brought up by a fisherman off the coast of Catalina, courtesy of Donna Teasdale.

NLAS Hats for sale!

The NLAS is pleased to announce we have ball hats for sale – & just in time for the Newfoundland & Labrador field season too!

We have hats!

Hats are $25.00 each and available in either navy blue or black

You can also make it a Membership + Ball Hat Combo at the prices listed below:

Individual membership ($15) + 1 ball-cap ($20) for $35 (saving of $15)

*Individual normally $25

Student/Senior membership ($10) + 1 ball-cap ($20) for $30 (saving of $15) *Student/Senior normally $20

Family membership ($25) + 1 ball-cap ($20) for $45 (saving of $15)

*Family normally $35

Hat orders/payments can be made in the same ways as our Memberships (both online or by mail). For details those please visit our website:


Discounted 2019 Membership Rates!

The NLAS is pleased to announce we will now be offer discounted membership rates for the remainder of 2019!

Escape to the country

  • Individual members are now just $15 (save $10),
  • Student/Senior rate is $10 (save $10),
  • Family rate is $25 (save $10),
  • Institutional rate is $35 (save $15),
  • Lifetime membership is on for $200 (save $150).

To download the temporary membership deal form, click here (Word) or here (PDF) OR visit the “Membership” page of our website (


Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at The Landing at the UC on the MUN campus (7:00-9:00pm). Our guest speakers will be Dr. VĂ©ronique Forbes and Dr. Vaughan Grimes both of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University.
This event is free and open to the public.

NLAS 2018 Fieldtrip: Visit to the Site of the Bay Bulls Arm 1858 Telegraph Station in Sunnyside

Free for NLAS Members / $10 for non-members
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In July 1866, the cable station in Heart’s Content Newfoundland became the location of the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America. But did you know the first official transatlantic cable message was sent eight years earlier on August 16, 1858 from the Bay Bulls Arm Telegraph Station? Unfortunately, after only a few transmissions, the cable link broke, and the Bay Bulls Arm Telegraph Station ceased to operate.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeology Society field trip aims to assist the Provincial Archaeology Office, alongside with Sunnyside Heritage, to locate and delineate the extent of the former telegraph station, while also identifying and documenting features through photography and GPS.
Based on the results of this field trip, a second field trip is tentatively planned for the fall (TBD) to conduct mapping of the site and features using RTK.

Planned Itinerary for Saturday, July 28:
• 9:30am: Depart from Queen’s College; Carpooling encouraged. If you do not have a ride,
let us know and we’ll try to match you up with one
• 11:15am: Meet at the Sunnyside Foodex on the Main Rd going into Sunnyside
• 11:30am: Approximately 1km hike to the site
• 12:00pm: Site orientation and Lunch/rest break
• 12:30 pm: Approximately two-hour archaeology program
• 2:30pm: Hike back to vehicles / drive back to St. John’s

Participant Opportunities:
• Take part in the relocation of an archaeological site using mapping and GPS unit.
• Observe and learn about correct archaeological field testing and recording procedures.
• Participate in a lunchtime discussion about site protection and provincial heritage

Recommendations / Requirements:
• You should be prepared to hike for approximately one hour over varying terrain (hills, root covered trail, and some off-trail heavy vegetation areas), which will necessitate appropriate footwear. A hat, hiking boots, backpack, bug repellent, sunscreen are recommended.
• We will break for roughly 30 minutes upon arrival at the site. You are responsible for bringing your own food and water/beverages.

Note: This is a day-long excursion, and there are no toilet facilities. Be prepared to find a comfortable spot in the woods if the urge should arise.

From 2D photos to 3D models

The upcoming NLAS workshop “From 2D photos to 3D models” is scheduled for 1-4 pm on Saturday, May 26th. This workshop will provide an introduction to the construction of 3D digital models from photos, of artifacts, archaeological features, and landscapes. It will showcase some of the diverse ways 3D photogrammetry techniques are being used, as well as show you how to implement them to suit your projects. This workshop will include:
– Highlights of the use of 3D photogrammetry in archaeology
– A basic tutorial, using an open-source software package and photo set (both to be provided)
– Tips and tricks for 3D model success, both in the field and in the lab

The use of a personal laptop computer (one on which software can be installed) is required for this workshop, and attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a digital camera (a smartphone will work) and bring the means to transfer photos from the camera to the laptop if they wish to try their hand at creating their own photo set and assembling a 3D model (a photo set will, in any case, be provided).

Date and time: Saturday, May 26th, 1-4 pm
Location: Q-2013, Queens College, MUN
Cost: $10 for NLAS members, $20 for non-members
To register, or for more info, e-mail

Stay tuned in the coming months for details regarding a 2-day artifact photogrammetry workshop in October, led by Dr. George Bevan from Queen’s University and organized by the Shipwreck Preservation Society.
Once again, thank you for your continued support as a member, and we hope to see you at the workshop!


Beothuk and Maritime Archaic aDNA results meeting

Over the last 10 years, a research group from Memorial University and McMaster University have been working toward gaining further insight into the genetics and lifeways of Beothuk and Maritime Archaic populations in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a direct result of the continued support and interest from the Beothuk Institute, Innu Nation, NunatuKavut, Nunatsiavut, Miawpukek First Nation, Qalipu First Nation, The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadian Museum of History, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, they are delighted to report and discuss with you the results of this research prior to publication in Current Biology on 12 October 2017.

2017 NLAS Fieldtrip to the Bordeaux site

A great day and an energetic hike out along the beautiful trail to Bordeaux Head last Saturday, September 2nd. Though we found numerous beach-strewn waterworn lithics from the former Dorset site, there was no evidence of any in-situ deposits. Our re-visit and testing of this “late” Middle Dorset site was the first to undertake any excavation since Urve Linnamae discovered the site in 1970. Like an increasing number of exposed coastal sites, it appears that erosion has taken what was left of this important site out to sea. Watch for a full report of our activities in the forthcoming Archaeology in Newfoundland and Labrador Annual Report Series that is put out by the Provincial Archaeology Office.

We also created a YouTube video of our trip which can be seen here.

Water rolled lithic artifact

Testing the site