Colony of Avalon

This caught my eye today on CBC Arts News: “Funding problems plague ongoing Nfld. archeological dig.”

An ongoing excavation project in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to turn up some of the oldest artifacts ever discovered in North America, but the archeologists will have to cut their field season short this year by lack of funds. For more than a decade, an archeology team has been excavating the long-forgotten Colony of Avalon, the settlement founded in 1621… Over the years, the site has turned up more than a million artifacts… So far this summer, workers have uncovered some coins they believe could be the oldest money pieces ever manufactured in the New World and a gravestone, which may help archeologists find the descendants of the colonists.

Ignorant and curious, I googled and found the Colony of Avalon, an excellent and extensive website about this archeological site and museum. It includes a fascinating Virtual Walking Tour. I spent a pleasant hour exploring the site.

Now in addition to L’Anse aux Meadows (that I wrote about a couple of times), there are even more reasons to visit our most eastern province of Newfoundland.

July 22, 2004 in History, Rock Art & Archaeology by Marja-Leena