Welcome to the home for the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society. Here you’ll find information about our illustrated public talks, events hosted by the society, resources related to archaeology in Nova Scotia, and you can learn more about joining the society on our Membership page.
RESCUE ARCHAEOLOGY – UPDATE
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‘Rescue Archaeology’ Resources
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The front door of the Parks Canada Archaeology Lab at 50 Neptune Crescent, Woodside (Dartmouth), Nova Scotia. Parks Canada Agency is planning to close this facility and move archaeological collections and staff to Gatineau, Québec. Credit: Nova Scotia Archaeology Society
View of the interior of the archaeology lab showing part of the archaeological collection in storage. The collection is comprised of over 1 million artifacts from Atlantic Canadian archaeological sites, and is a unique resource for researchers, students, and members of descendant communities whose stories are recorded in these objects. Credit: Nova Scotia Archaeology Society
An 18th century clay pipe recovered from a recent excavation. Pipe such as these provide excellent evidence for dating archaeological sites. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
A range of colonial-era artifacts recovered by Saint Mary’s University students and members of the public during archaeological excavations at Grand-Pré National Historic Site in 2010. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
A replica 18th century musket displayed alongside a variety of musket components in the archaeology collection. Artifacts from the collection aid researchers in interpreting new discoveries. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
Members of the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society touring the conservation laboratory in the Dartmouth facility in May, 2017. Credit: Vanessa Smith
An 18th century octagonal button (front and back) recovered from an archaeological excavation. Items of clothing and personal adornment form a significant part of the collection and chart the evolution of trade patterns and style in Atlantic Canada over the centuries. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
Fragmentary silver cross discovered by Saint Mary’s Archaeology students at Grand-Pré National Historic Site in 2008. It is thought to be part of the church silver from the pre-Deportation Acadian church of St-Charles-des-Mines. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
Fragments of an 18th century ceramic container made of tin-glazed earthenware. Vessels like these, which were imported to the region from Europe during the early colonial period, offer dating evidence and also provide information about trade and status. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
Fragments of a shattered 18th century wine base (upside down) being pieced together in the field, shortly after their discovery. Credit: Jonathan Fowler
The Nova Scotia Archaeology Society (NSAS) was formed in 1987. It is our mandate to bring together individuals interested in the study and promotion of archaeology, particularly as it relates to all cultures of Nova Scotia; to disseminate knowledge and encourage the exchange of information among professionals and amateurs alike; and to promote the preservation and protection of archaeological sites and resources throughout the Province.
Contact the NSAS: firstname.lastname@example.org