With every scrape of an archaeologist’s trowel, stirring of a pot, or planting of a seed, we’re coming a little bit closer to understanding the history of the Colony and the lives of the people who lived here.

Established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore), the Colony of Avalon is widely recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Today, on-going work at the Colony is changing the way we understand that past.

Think early Newfoundlanders lived in hovels on a diet of fish, fish and more fish? Think all Catholics were persecuted and women were second class citizens? Think again! Imagine a place where substantial stone and timber-frame houses lined a “prettie” cobblestone street, where protestants AND catholics worshipped in peace, and a woman held most of the power!

Join our on-going quest to uncover the Colony. It’s all happening right here, right now, right before your eyes.

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Our work has unearthed a portion of Calvert’s mansion, the remains of a bakery/brewhouse, cobblestone street, warehouse, forge, well, sea wall, a sea-flushed privy and close to two million artifacts. Pretty impressive considering archaeologists have uncovered just over a third of Calvert’s original 4 acre site.

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Colony of Avalon



We always have something going on. Bring yourself, or bring the whole family. We’ll keep you entertained.

Activities for the kids, an update from our archaeologists, 17th century cooking, local music, and a whole lot more. Check out what’s on the go by clicking on our calendar to the right.

Come Dig!
Thursday Jun 29th
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July 15, 2017: Botanicals of Newfoundland: 17th century raised embroidery
Thursday Jun 15th
Join guest instructor and award winning textile artist Susan Furneaux as she guides you through an introduction to this historic art.
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July 25 & 26, 2017: Photographing Cultural Objects
Thursday Jun 15th
2 day workshop that will walk you through the process of digitally photographing cultural objects to meet conservation and documentation requirements.
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From times and toilets to pricing and programs. All the information you need to plan a great day out.

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Now in it’s 25th consecutive season, archaeology at the Colony is re-writing history & smashing stereotypes.

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Whatever your age or interest, the Colony and its local partners have programs and activities for you.

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