This William III silver sixpence was found in a midden outside of the Colony palisade. The date 16_6 is partially visible, likely 1696. Under the bust of William III, we can see a letter “Y”. This indicates where the coin was minted, as there were several branch mints in England that produced this coin. The … Continued
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This Mouth Harp is a small musical instrument used in the 17th century. It would have been held between the player’s teeth or against the lips and plucked with one or more fingers. Several mouth harps have been found at the Colony, usually with the tongue missing. This harp was found in a midden (refuse … Continued
Known as a lead cloth Bale Seal, this artifact could have been used for several purposes. It clearly depicts a thistle and the letter “C” representing Charles I showing when and where the goods were produced. When items were shipped to Ferryland, the seal was used to tag items mainly cloth as it was very … Continued
This iron key was found on the excavation site. Do you know what it might have unlocked?
The lab crew are in full swing this season. The structure outside the colony and middens are proving to be rich with artifacts. Why not stop by the Colony and get a full view!
The Colony of Avalon had the pleasure of hosting the Strauss family. Ron Strauss and his children Gemma, Thomas and Caroline participated in the Dig Program for a week. Amongst many of the artifacts found, Gemma unearthed two beautiful 17th-century tortoise shell handles. These handles may have encased a blade or lancet. In the 1600s, … Continued
Hi everyone, we’d like you to meet Jordan Hollahan. Jordan is working with our Dig Program this summer out on the excavation site. He is currently working on his Bachelor of Arts in Archeology, minoring in Classics – Mesopotamia and the Near East at Memorial University. When Jordan is not studying to finish his degree, … Continued
Found yesterday by Catherine Hawkins just above the 17th century layer was this Tallio cufflink. Created in England in the 18th century, you can see the depiction of a fox running across a landscape. Tallio was a word used by the traditional huntsman as a shout out during a fox hunt. These sleeve links were … Continued
Roddy has been working diligently all summer long making sure the crops are nurtured, watered and fed all the right ingredients. A beautiful summer of warm humid weather is also a big contributor to helping make our kitchen garden bloom. We asked Roddy what’s your secret to making the garden look so good? He said, … Continued
Twenty-Seven years! That’s how many Neil Jordan has been with the Colony of Avalon and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Neil has a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology minor in History and works out on the excavation site for the summer months loving every minute of it. Currently, Neil is working with the … Continued