Kincardine and Saugeen
Ojibway Nation to work
together on archeological site

Kincardine council

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The Municipality of Kincardine and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) will be working together to deal with an important archaeological site uncovered in Inverhuron Sept. 12, 2013.

A press release issued Oct. 31 by the municipality states that the site was occupied during the “Middle Woodland period” (between 300 BC and 700 AD) according to
archaeologists working on the site, at Wood Street in Inverhuron.

“We are excited to see this example of the important cultural history of our ancestors in this area,” said
Doran Ritchie who works for the SON environment office. “This is just one of a number of sites in the Inverhuron area that we are aware of – the Inverhuron area has an incredibly rich cultural history dating back thousands of years”

Archaeologists have already recovered numerous fragments of pottery, tools and animal bones from several
small “test pits.”

The archaeological work was part of technical investigations completed in conjunction with the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for water and sanitary sewage servicing for Inverhuron. 

The SON identified the need for careful archaeological work, particularly for this specific location, as part of the
construction for the project.

“We knew there was an archaeological site there and passed along that information to the Kincardine
archaeologists” said Ritchie. “We support the need for a good water and sanitary sewage system, which is environmentally critical. But we also want to make sure that the construction happens in a way that respects the special cultural and environmental features of this area that people enjoy today just as they did 1,000 years ago.”


Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer said he is pleased to see the parties working co-operatively on the archaeological component of this very important project.

The SON, Municipality of Kincardine, Province of Ontario and federal government will be collaborating together to decide on next steps for further archaeological work at the site.

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