Hands on History
Archaeology of Prince Wales Fort
Parks Canada is pleased to partner with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) to offer this unique, first-time public archaeology experience at Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site.
Dates: July 31-August 7 / August 7-14, 2014
Instructor: Donalee Deck, Parks Canada archaeologist
Participants: Maximum 16 persons/week
Cost: $2,195 per person (includes accommodations and meals at Churchill Northern Studies Centre)
Imagine living in a stone fort on the coast of Hudson Bay in the 1700s. Men who worked for the Hudson's Bay Company built, lived and worked at such a fort as labourers, tradesmen, traders and officers. Prince of Wales Fort served as a trading post, but was built for defensive purposes during the French and English rivalry for control of the territory and resources around Hudson Bay.
As a member of the archaeology team, you will be re-discovering what life was like at the fort. Working side-by-side with Parks Canada archaeologists you will excavate, screen and document their discoveries in the field, as well as clean and identify artifacts in a field lab.
Additional highlights include:
- A daily boat trip across the Churchill River to the fort with beluga whales in pursuit. You may even catch sight of a polar bear on nearby Eskimo Point.
- The opportunity to attend presentations by and interact with a dynamic group of scientists who study many natural features of the region.
- A guided tour of the historic former Research Rocket Range and a visit to the renowned Eskimo Museum in Churchill.
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