Have you always wanted to take part in real archaeological excavations?
Archaeological Adventure offers a complete archaeological experience where you can take part in excavations at the Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada, with evidence of human occupation for more than 8,000 years. Under the supervision of archaeologists, explore the exceptional beauty of this site located between the Brador Hills and the St. Lawrence River, where you can watch whales, seals and icebergs during the summer. By your discoveries, you will also help us protect and learn more about this unique archaeological site.
Archaeological Adventure in Blanc-Sablon is led by Archeo-Mamu Côte-Nord, whose name is derived from the words “archaeology” and “mamu”, which means “together” in Innu and pronounces "mamo".
Archeo-Mamu is managed by First Nations of Quebec's North Shore. The non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and developing, as well as raising awareness about the richness and fragility of the archaeological heritage of the region.
THE PROJECT: ARCHAEOLOGICAL ADVENTURE IN BLANC-SABLON
Archaeological Adventure in Blanc-Sablon is a unique attraction in the province of Quebec offers a complete archaeological experience where you can take part in excavations at the Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada, with evidence of human occupation for more than 8,000 years. Under the supervision of archaeologists, explore the exceptional beauty of this site located between the Brador Hills and the St. Lawrence River, where you can watch whales, seals and icebergs during the summer.
- Bring together the Innu and non-Aboriginal people around the rich archaeological heritage of Blanc-Sablon.
- Develop a unique tourism product which will promote Blanc-Sablon to history and archaeology enthusiasts.
- Protect the exceptional archaeological heritage of Blanc-Sablon.
- Offer archeological experience and life-long memories to visitors in Blanc-Sablon.
THE PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS:
Willing to take part in archaeological excavations?
Join the archaeological adventure in Blanc-Sablon and live an exceptional experience with our archaeologists. Don't just be a mere spectator. Take part in the excavations... Who knows what you might discover!
HOW IT WORKS?
Choose between the Half day or Full Day of excavations!
You will meet your guide which will assign you an area to dig. Tools will be provided. Your guide will provide you with a short training about the procedure for the duration of the activity. He will answer your questions and introduce you to the history of Blanc-Sablon. When you find an artifact, he will register of the piece with you.
You are a student or a fan of archaeology? Are you looking for a tangible and rewarding experience related to your passion? Why not spend a week or more with us? It's the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience through an internship on this exceptional site. We can provide food and accommodation for up to 6 people at the same time.
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES
Accommodation for 7 nights
Meals for 7 days
Excavations over 5 days (survey, dig, laboratory)
Informal site visits in the vicinity of Blanc-Sablon
Supervision and mentoring by an archaeologist (PhD) (possibility of university credit)
Contact us to get more information or reserve your package!
Wear appropriate clothing (sandals and high heels are forbidden on the site)
Bring water and snacks
The archaeologist will meet you at 8:45 and 13:15 at the Tourist Bureau
A lunch break is scheduled from 12:00 to 13:00 (meal not included in the half day and full day packages)
The half day package lasts a maximum 3-1/4 hours.
Excavation tools are provided
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
This UNESCO World Heritage site has delivered the most ancient archaeological remains of European presence in the Americas. This settlement was founded by Vikings from Greenland more than 1000 years ago! Costumed Viking interpreters await you to explore the restored encampment and introduce you to fascinating original artifacts of this archaeological site. About 4 hours from Blanc-Sablon by car.
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
This site, also World Heritage of UNESCO, is located in Labrador, at only an hour's drive of Blanc-Sablon. This exceptional archaeological site was established by Basque mariners in the 16th century. Named Gran Baya in 1530, this place served as base to coastal hunting, butchering, and rendering of whale fat, which was then shipped to European markets to be sold as lighting fuel.
MORE THAN 250 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES LISTED IN THE AREA OF BLANC-SABLON
An exceptional concentration of our history! In such a rich environment, findings are numerous and every visitor will have a very good chance to find a little piece of history during their archaeological adventure in Blanc-Sablon.
THE EXCITEMENT IS AT ITS PEAK WHEN AN ARTIFACT IS DISCOVERED
And there are many of them! It helps us to learn a little more about the palaeohistory of Blanc-Sablon and explain why this area was repeatedlyoccupied by Aboriginal people over millenia! It is confirmed by experts, Blanc-Sablon has been occupied for more than 8000 years (we even suspect close to 9000 years)!
THE FIRST CONTACTS BETWEEN ABORIGINALS AND EUROPEANS IN CANADA
Many archaeological sites show evidence of the first Europeans to have set foot in North America and who met Aboriginal people in the 16th century, just years after the arrival of John Cabot.
Blanc-Sablon (from the old French word Sable (sand)) was named by European newcomers in reference to its sandy beaches. The charming landscapes, icebergs, whales, wildlife, heritage and unique history in North America, and the endless ocean waves... That is what defines Blanc-Sablon.
The municipality of Blanc-Sablon is a tourist hub by its strategic location connecting Newfoundland to Labrador. Each year, nearly 100,000 people travel between the island of Newfoundland and Blanc-Sablon.
Plan your trip: visit the website of Lower North Shore Tourism to learn more about all the activities, acommodations and attractions the region has to offer.
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