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
July 10, 2017 – The Nova Scotia Archaeology Society (NSAS) is very pleased by the news that the federal government has reversed its decision to close the Parks Canada Archaeology and Conservation Lab in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Canada’s archaeology collection will remain in Atlantic Canada, at least until 2029, when Parks Canada’s lease on the building expires. And if they try to move it again, we will again raise the alarm, and will again look to you for your support.
In the meantime, the NSAS remains committed to working with stakeholders, particularly those whose heritage is housed in this facility, like the Acadian and Mi’kmaw communities, to strengthen Parks Canada’s presence in Atlantic Canada.
Today we learn from a story posted by the CBC that visitation figures at Atlantic Canada’s national parks and national historic sites this season have jumped 30% (the Halifax Citadel has seen a 74% increase), largely a result of the federal government’s decision to suspend admission fees as part of Canada 150 celebrations. Similar increases in visitation rates at museums and art galleries were observed in the UK after the Labour government scrapped admission charges to that country’s national collections in 2001. And the policy change was a net revenue generator. These are the kinds of smart investments our governments need to make in Atlantic Canada, and retaining – and enhancing – this Dartmouth facility and its magnificent archaeology collection is an important start. We must also ensure that it is properly staffed so that it may function to its potential. There is an exciting opportunity here to increase public access as well.
We would like to thank everyone who has joined us in defending the lab and our regional archaeology collection. As one of our federal representatives observed early in the process, “voices matter.” Without your voices, we would not have had this success. We are particularly thankful that our Members of Parliament stood with us on this issue and presented our argument effectively to the Minister of the Environment. We understand this kind of policy change is not easy. We appreciate your efforts, and again, we stand ready to work with you to continue uncovering and telling Atlantic Canada’s stories in Atlantic Canada.
Thank you, all.
June 16, 2017 – Thank you to everyone who has joined the campaign to save the Parks Canada Archaeology Lab and its magnificent collection. Our work is not over, but this is encouraging news. Let’s redouble our efforts to ensure this facility and its highly qualified staff remain where they are.
The Nova Scotia Archaeology Society will work diligently with all stakeholders to support this facility and enhance its capacity to serve as a centre for research, heritage resource management, and education.
May 31, 2017 – Thank you all very much for your messages of concern and support. We are currently preparing a petition that should be available shortly. Please watch this space.
In the meantime, please continue to spread the word and reach out to your elected representatives. If you haven’t already done so, please spend a few minutes and write an email to one or more of them. They are getting the message, and they need to continue to hear from us.
‘Rescue Archaeology’ Resources
- Open Letter from NSAS
- Contact information for Atlantic Canada’s Members of Parliament. One can also mail letters to any of them postage-free at:
House of Commons
- Archaeologist mourns upcoming loss of ‘state-of-the-art’ lab in Dartmouth
- Concerns that the feds are moving Atlantic Canada’s archaeology lab[…]
- Quebec’s National Assembly votes to keep collections in Quebec City
- NLAS President, Jamie Brake, discussing the closure with CBC Newfoundland
- Federal archaeology lab could earn reprieve from closure
- Annapolis Royal Mayer, Bill MacDonald speaks on the proposed closure
- Radio-Canada’s Stéphanie Blanchet discussing Parks Canada’s plans
- Annapolis Royal Mayor hopes artifacts won’t be shipped to Quebec
- MacLean’s – Why is Ottawa trying to move Atlantic Canada’s artifacts to Quebec?
- Federal archaeology lab in Dartmouth will remain open
- Ottawa reverses decision to move Parks Canada archaeological lab in Dartmouth
- Dartmouth – Cole Harbour Member of Parliament, Darren Fisher, on decision to keep lab open
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: email@example.com