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Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site of Canada

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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