Discover Public Archaeology

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by Michael Whittaker

Archaeological digs open to the public are always a fun, learning adventure. National Capital Commission archaeologist, Ian Badgely, will give a talk to the Rideau Valley Archeological Society, 12:30 pm, Sunday, October 14, at the Goose and Gridiron in Merrickville, on two digs he supervised in Gatineau this summer.

First Nation artifacts on the shore of the Ottawa River at Lac Leamy Park date back as much as 6,000 years at the heart of a continental trade network at the confluence of the Gatineau, Rideau and Ottawa Rivers. The dig at century-old Moore Farm Estate focused on the foundation of the Broadview Cottage, which burned down in 1956.

Meetings, open to the public, begin with lunch, followed by the talk following about 1:15 pm. An RVAS membership, valid until December 31, 2019, can be purchased for $25.
The Rideau Valley Archeological Society has a Facebook page, and a Web page in development.

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