Beaubassin Archeological Experience - Visitor digging up artefact
  • Welcome to the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence Public Archaeology Experience website!

    For the fourth year, the exciting "Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence Public Archaeology Experience" will be available to the public in July and August 2010! Visitors will take part in a unique archaeological excavation, discover real artifacts from the historic Acadian village of Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence and understand how archaeologists recreate the past!

    Ce site est disponible en français au www.experiencearcheologiepublique.wordpress.com

2010 annual report of the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence Public Archaeology Experience

The last four years have been rich in discoveries at the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites of Canada.  The uncovered artifacts have given us a lot of information about the way of life of the Acadians and British people of the region. Within the next pages, we will first review the goals of … Continue reading

The escape of the Acadians from fort Lawrence

July 23rd 1755, Charles Lawrence, governor of Nova Scotia, secretly sent a message to all the military posts in the Province that it had been decided to do away with the Acadians by embarking them in vessels and sending them abroad, mainly on the coast of New England. A couple of weeks later, all the men … Continue reading

Review of archaeological work for the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence national historic sites

Landscapes are rarely bereft of history. What they generally lack is a story. As archaeologists, our unique insight into the deposited soils, building remains, and the evidence of former trenches and digging, provide us with an opportunity to see and explain what happened on the land. In addition to the historical tale of settlement and … Continue reading

Digging for the past – Article in the Sackville Tribune Post

An article about the Public Archaeology Experience has been published in the Sackville Tribune Post on August 5th, 2010: http://www.sackvilletribunepost.com/News/2010-08-05/article-1653778/Digging-for-the-past/1

The Beaubassin/Beauséjour church bell

In archaeology, it is quite rare to find a complete or intact artefact. However, one artefact from the Acadian village of Beaubassin has been preserved in its original condition through the years.   Let us first examine the context in which this artefact was created. In the period between 1700 and 1740 there flourished in … Continue reading

Unearthing area’s history – A new article in the Amherst Daily News

A new article about the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence Public Archaeology Experience will be published on Thursday’s edition of the Amherst Daily News (August 5th, 2010). Follow this link : http://www.amherstdaily.com/News/Local/2010-08-04/article-1652213/Unearthing-areas-history/1

Unsolved mysteries – The Amherst Daily News article

On July 22nd, the Amherst Daily News published an article about the Beaubassin and Fort-Lawrence Public Archaeology Experience. Here is the shorter version published on their Website: http://www.amherstdaily.com/News/Local/2010-07-21/article-1600139/Unsolved-Mysteries/1

Aerial photography at the Fort Lawrence National Historic Site of Canada

The advantages of gaining a good aerial view of the ground had been long appreciated by archaeologists as a high viewpoint permits a better appreciation of fine details and their relationships within the wider site context.  Aerial photography is one of the best ways of understanding archaeological landscapes, because it reveals and makes sense of … Continue reading

The Beaubassin/Fort Lawrence region before 1755

A traveller in the Beaubassin/Fort Lawrence region would find it difficult to imagine that this region was the theatre of events that left their mark in the annals of Canada, or indeed of the entire northeastern part of North America,in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However, this is where the fate of the Acadians and … Continue reading

Staffordshire pottery

Staffordshire pottery is pottery that is produced in the Staffordshire potteries area of the United Kingdom. This area is in the Midlands – the potteries used to centre around six separate towns (Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall) which are now Stoke on Trent. The area really came into focus as the powerhouse of … Continue reading

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