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  • Archaeology Month (August 2015)

    Archaeology Month (August 2015)

    The human history of the Ottawa region spans some 10,000 years, from the arrival of the earliest peoples to the present day. Archaeological sites include aboriginal encampments and travelways, settler farmsteads and communities, industrial sites and marine heritage sites along the Ottawa River (Kichi Sibi), its tributaries and the Rideau Canal.

    The City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, the National Capital Commission, the Algonquin Anishinabeg communities of Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi, the Provinces of Ontario and Québec and regional heritage organizations all play a stewardship role in conserving our valued archaeological heritage. To help celebrate this heritage, August is Archaeology Month in Ottawa, offering residents a chance to learn more about the area’s rich and vibrant history.

    Throughout August, the City of Ottawa will host a month-long exhibit at City Hall in concert with its partners. The official launch is scheduled on August 4th at 10 am in Jean Pigott Place and the exhibition will be held at 110 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa from July 31st to August 31st, 9 am to 5 pm. The exhibition presents pre-contact and historical archaeology related to Ottawa and surrounding areas.

    Among other activities the City is involved in this year, either through promoting, funding or coordinating, are:

    Unearthing the Diefenbunker, 3929 Carp Road; Carp – August 6, 13, 20, and 27. 10 am to 11:30 am.  In English or French. The Diefenbunker is offering weekly behind-the-scenes tours of several of the National Historic Site’s industrial features, both above ground and buried (including the Machine Room). For safety reasons, these tours are limited to visitors aged 15 and older. Flat close-toed footwear is recommended. The tours will enter areas that are not wheelchair accessible and may present challenges to people with mobility issues. Max 12 people. Included with admission to the Museum. Please call 613-839-0007 to reserve a spot in advance.

    Kitigan Zibi Anishinbeg Cultural Centre; 54 Makwa Mikan; Maniwaki, Quebec – August 1st to 31st, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Centre’s collection contains objects ranging from ceremonial, hunting and trapping items, to canoe and water transportation, to military paraphernalia.

    The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre (Collection Manido Chiman); 1674 Mishomis Inamo; Pikwàkanagàn, Ontario – August 1st to 31st, 10 am to 4 pm. The Manido Chiman Collection features notable cultural objects, including canoes made by local families, World War I medals, dance regalia, archaeological stone tools, archival photos and newspaper clippings, and information on local indigenous medicines.

    Archaeological Walking Tour of LeBreton Flats, Ottawa – Sunday, August 16th from 2 pm to 4 pm. In English. The LeBreton Flats Archaeological Tour (led by Hugh Daechsel and sponsored by Heritage Ottawa) will commence at the main door of the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place and will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken over the past 10 years in LeBreton Flats.

    Sifting Through History at Pinhey’s Point, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, 270 Pinhey’s Point Rd., Dunrobin – Saturday August 22nd and Sunday August 23rd from 10 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3 pm. In English and French. Families can spend time together learning about the history, natural heritage and eco-systems on the site, with an archeological dig activity directed by an archaeologist, who will provide interpretation of the site.

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