Wamsley Bridge Site
Archaeological Site EaNo-2
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Wamsley Bridge Site is a Municipal Heritage Property located on the bank of the Wood River, approximately 20 kilometres north of the Town of Gravelbourg. The property contains at least nine buried layers of butchered bison bone and hearth remains that have been partially exposed in a road cut. It is likely that intact deposits containing additional archaeological material still exist in the undisturbed portions of the 32 ha property.
The heritage value of the Wamsley Bridge Site resides in its archaeological remains and the information they contain regarding the livelihood of precontact First Nations. Based on observations of the exposed occupation layers, the site appears to have been repeatedly used over a long period of time for butchering and processing bison. As such, the site has potential to contribute important information about First Nations’ use of this vital resource. By comparing the remains in the various layers, questions of cultural change and stability through time can also be investigated.
Rural Municipality of Gravelbourg No. 104 Bylaw No. 7/81.
The heritage value of the Wamsley Bridge site resides in the following character-defining elements:
-elements that reflect precontact occupation of the site and the processing of bison, including bone, artifacts, archaeological features such as hearths, and the spatial relationships among the cultural remains;
-elements that contribute to an understanding of the site’s past environment, including its native vegetation and undisturbed landforms, and the stratigraphic sequence of soil sediments with their contained occupation layers and organic remains.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
- Canada's Earliest Inhabitants
Function - Category and Type
- Undetermined (archaeological site)
- Buried Site
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK
File: MHP 145
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