A Brazen Love for The Brae(s)

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My mind often wanders to a little white-washed stone house on a winding road. Its bright red door perpetually welcomes me home. I sit with a good book beside a roaring peat fire drinking tea. The house is in a … Continue reading

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Hog Island, a.k.a “Mosquito Mordor”, 2012

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On May 28th, 2012, we kicked off our field season with a week-long excavation of a shell midden site on Hog Island, also known as George’s Island and by its traditional Mi’kmaq name of Pitawelkek. If you’ve ever spent any amount … Continue reading

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Hog Island Visit


I had the pleasure of visiting Pitawelkek (Hog Island), in Malpeque Bay this August and was astounded by its beauty and unique ecosystem. After spending the past couple of months processing and cataloguing artefacts found on Hog Island during a dig last year, it was great to be able to see the shell midden site where they came from. We were visiting, not digging, but Dr. Kristmanson surveyed the erosional bank surface, and we took some new soil samples which I look forward to processing. I hope to return to Hog Island in the future.

Beautiful beads & the last 2 dig days