Clam Harbour Archaeological Site - BeCr-04
Clam Harbour, Nova Scotia, B3Z, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The archaeological site BeCr-04 is found within Clam Harbour Provincial Park, Nova Scotia. The site contains pre-contact Mi’kmaq artifacts including ceramics and stone tools circa 2500-500 B.P.
The heritage value of the archaeological site BeCr-04, within Clam Harbour Provincial Park, resides in its association with pre-contact Mi'kmaq. During the 1981 archaeological excavation a number of artifacts were found, many were tools and ceramics, most dating back to 1,000-2,000 years before European contact. The artifacts found suggest a seasonal occupation, which spanned many generations.
The ceramic fragments found at this site, as well as other sites, have enough detail that archaeologists can tell the fragments were once pots which could be used for cooking and storage. Stone tools found at this site include stone hammers that fit comfortably in the palm of a hand, as well as stone choppers and scrapers.
Sources: Provincial Maritime Archaeological Resource Inventory File No. BeCr; Provincial Heritage Research Permit Report File No. A1981NS04
The heritage value of the Clam Harbour Provincial Park resides in the following character-defining elements:
- a fairly continuous terrace covered with mature fir trees and underlying bedrock;
- artifacts from pre-European contact Mi'kmaq circa 2500-500 B.P.
Province of Nova Scotia
Special Places Protection Act
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
Provincial Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Tourisum, Culture and Heritage, Heritage Divison, Stewardship, Programs and Promotion
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