-Public Archaeology Lecture –

Friday, August 16th
6 P.M.
Yarmouth County Museum
22 Collins St, Yarmouth, NS B5A 3C8

The archaeology of Nova Scotia’s Southwestern Shore – and the race to save it from oblivion

Archaeologists from the Canadian Museum of History and the University of New Brunswick, in collaboration with Acadia First Nation, have spent a decade exploring the archaeological History of Port Joli Nova Scotia. Over that time, they have revealed a detailed record of ancient Mi’kmaw life on the South Shore. Some of the things they have discovered have changed what we know about ancient life in the region, and several of their findings have never been seen before by archaeologists.
Their new project is a collaboration with the Nova Scotia Museum, the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, Acadia First Nation, and Bear River. Together, they are assessing the impact of coastal erosion and climate change on archaeological sites and attempting to salvage what is left before it is washed out to sea.
In this lecture, Dr. Matthew Betts will reveal the discoveries made in Port Joli and will paint a picture of ancient life in Nova Scotia. He will outline the new coastal erosion project and will reveal the significant impact that erosion has had on Nova Scotia’s archaeological history. He will describe the race to save this history before it is lost forever and how you can help.


Matthew Betts
Curator, Atlantic Provinces Archaeology
Canadian Museum of History

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