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October 10, 2019
Drawings of blind showing vantage points

As a special event of the 2019 Big Draw Festival - Dr. John Kennedy from the University of Toronto gave the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS) Public Lecture on October 7, 2019. Dr. Kennedy spoke about “Drawing of the Blind and Sighted”, summarizing his research on a theory of drawing and development.

September 26, 2019
Big Draw Exhibit with Quote

The Nova Scotia Museum is a participating sponsor of the 2019 Big Draw, an international festival devoted to promoting the value of drawing for creativity and wellness. A new exhibit Drawn to Life: Understanding The World Through Drawing is on display until November 3rd at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.

August 30, 2019
Delegates from 1883 Exhibition on Boat at Cliveden

Today, we celebrate a series of historic photographs that were taken at the International Fisheries Exhibition in London on August 31, 1883.

August 1, 2019

We are in the last few days of the excavation project now. The crew focuses on the final recording of Operation F.

 

Wesley shoots numerous images of the midden feature for a photogrammetry model. The red hue is from the canopy above.

 

July 30, 2019
females – Black Legged Tick, Groundhog tick and Dog tick.

As of July 31st, 2019, the Nova Scotia Museum will no longer be accepting Tick Enquiries. To address concerns about ticks, we have assembled a few resources:

novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/lyme.asp

novascotia.ca/ticksafety

novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20170518005

July 29, 2019
Courtney returned this year to work once more in the midden feature.

Courtney returned this year to work once more in the midden feature. What awaits??

 

We are near the end of our field project. A time for final thoughts and notes for Liz.

 

July 24, 2019
Its our last week on site so lots of final mapping and recording. John prepares a soil profile drawing at Operation H.

Its our last week on site so lots of final mapping and recording. John prepares a soil profile drawing at Operation H.

 


Vanessa and and Liz prepare to do a planview of the Operation J unit using a helpful mapping grid tool.

 

July 22, 2019
Heather of AFN joined us again this year. Today she is working in an area where we uncovered a new stone wall.

Heather of AFN joined us again this year. Today she is working in an area where we uncovered a new stone wall.

 

The excavation Operation J 9, 10 and 11 is nearly complete. We have a defined stone wall with a builders trench. 

 

July 19, 2019

Tanya had a great day in the midden feature. A range of ceramics were excavated.

 

Research awaits to identify the different glazes and vessels coming from the midden feature.

July 18, 2019
Tanya is working in the midden today . We are starting to get quite deep now and the artifact density is picking up.

Tanya is working in the midden today . We are starting to get quite deep now and the artifact density is picking up.

 

A very nice definable nail. We have a stone wall nearby so such artifacts are expected.

 

July 17, 2019

Excavation continues in an area of the site noted for its evidence of the 1641 fire. See the burn layer coming through the soil?

 

Margaret joined us again this year. Today she traces the burn layer across the pit. We gathered two charcoal samples for analysis.

 

July 15, 2019
Another beautiful day for the public dig. Keith was signed up last year and was delighted to rejoin the excavation efforts in 2019.

July 11

Another beautiful day for the public dig. Keith was signed up last year and was delighted to rejoin the excavation efforts in 2019.

 

July 11, 2019
Liz uncovered a new type of earthenware ceramic this week. Red body with a bright white tin glaze. Its a small piece but includes the base, side and rim.

Liz uncovered a new type of earthenware ceramic this week. Red body with a bright white tin glaze. Its a small piece but includes the base, side and rim.

 

Today we began the public archaeology program. Field gear awaits the arrival of the morning's participants.

 

July 10, 2019

Our community partner on the Fort St. Louis project , the Cape Sable Historical Society, came by today to check in on progress at the site. Members will participate in the public dig this week.

 

July 8, 2019
Vanessa and Liz work away at Operation J. The artifacts are steady and Feature 2 wall is emerging.

 

Vanessa and Liz work away at Operation J. The artifacts are steady and Feature 2 wall is emerging.

 

Another artifact for identification. A bit of animal bone.

 

July 5, 2019

A beautiful day at Fort St. Louis and Wow was it warm. Lots of water on site and we slowed the pace a little.

 

Marion joined the crew again. This is her third year excavating at the site. She is taking a few minutes to see what is happening at the other dig unit and discuss her findings underway at Operation F.

 

July 4, 2019
All the soils must be screened for artifacts, even the soil shaken loose from the sod layer.

 

Another beautiful day on the coast of Nova Scotia discovering history

A beautiful and warm day at the Fort St.  Louis dig project so, as sod is being removed from new excavation units, the canopy is up. Shade please!

July 3, 2019
Measuring out new excavation units at beautiful Fort St. Louis in Port La Tour.

 

The team is back this summer, building on work done in 2017 and 2018, an archaeological excavation is taking place at Fort Saint-Louis in Port La Tour, Shelburne County. Founded by Charles de la Tour, this 17th century fur trade post depicts early encounters and early trade relations between French settlers and the Mi’kmaq in the region known by the Mi’kmaq as Kespukwitk.

June 27, 2019
Fossil starfish found by David Honeyman

In April 1859, Rev. David Honeyman gave a public lecture on geology, describing the fossils and rocks at Arisaig, Nova Scotia. In his first published paper, David Honeyman reviewed the diversity of fossils he found along the scenic cliffs at Arisaig. Honeyman summarized the brachiopods, cephalopods, and crinoids, but the first fossil he mentioned was a tiny fossil starfish that he had sent to Dr. Dawson.

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