Archaeological dig in Stanhope to go from Aug. 12 to Aug. 16

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An archaeological dig attempting to uncover an early British settlement on the Farmlands Trail in Stanhope will run from Monday, Aug. 12, to Friday, Aug. 16.

STANHOPE — Parks Canada’s efforts to “dig up the past” will continue at the National Park here next week.

An archaeological dig attempting to uncover an early British settlement on the Farmlands Trail in Stanhope will run from Monday, Aug. 12, to Friday, Aug. 16.

Janette Gallant, outreach education officer, said there will be several activities available to the public during the dig, including a public presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and a guided walk on the Farmland Trail on Thursday, Aug. 15.

“And throughout the week, visitors are encouraged to explore the trail on their own, view the dig site and discuss the dig with the archaeologist on site,” she said.

The public presentation, themed as “archaeological Investigation in Stanhope 2008-2013,” will take place at 7 p.m. at Stanhope Place.

The talk will see Parks Canada archaeologist Charles Burke discuss the site’s history and outline the results of the archaeological investigation.

Burke will also demonstrate the co-operative venture between Parks Canada and volunteer excavators co-ordinated by the Stanhope Historical Society.

The presentation will also include an opportunity to view many of the artifacts recovered during the four years of public excavation.

Burke said the focus of this year’s investigations will be on recording geospatial information, site plans, drawings, GPS location data, elevations, mapping and site photography.

“This will involve some excavation such as cleaning profiles, establishing the limit of glacial soil, searching for construction evidence of the wall and fireplace features, and finally continuing the hand excavation of the footer remains discovered on the last day of digging in 2012.”

John Palmer, of the Stanhope Historical Society, has been involved in the archaeological work since its beginning and said he’s pleased Burke is coming to review the site.

“The origins of the site, dating back to the late 18th century, remain a mystery which we hope to see unraveled through the archaeological dig,” said Palmer. “We look forward to hearing Mr. Burke’s views during his visit.”

A two-hour guided walk at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, will begin at the Farmlands Trail parking lot.

That event will include a walk through the Stanhope Pioneer Cemetery and an explanation and tour of the dig site with Burke.

More information on the dig can be found by calling 902-672-6350 or visiting www.parkscanada.gc.ca/pei.

Organizations: Parks Canada

Geographic location: STANHOPE

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