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

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

Gunflints

   The image above shows a gunflint discovered at the Beaubassin/Fort Lawrence archaeological site. A gunflint was used to create a spark to light the gunpowder inside the barrel of a gun, to propel the shot. Gunflint production started in the 1600’s with the invention of snaphance guns (Lenk 1965).   All gunflints were manufactured … Continue reading