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Over two decades of excavation at the Colony of Avalon has unearthed one of the best collections of 17th-century material culture in North America.

During our dig season, we discover approximately 3,000 artifacts each week. Each of these artifacts receives a field tag containing a brief description along with its exact location, depth below surface, date of excavation and excavator’s name.

The artifact and tag are bagged together and taken to the Archaeology Laboratory on the second floor of our Visitor centre for cleaning and cataloguing.

There, more detailed records are filled out and filed. Artifacts may be restored for display or placed in collections storage in a secure and carefully controlled environment.

See for yourself! The Colony’s Archaeology Lab is open to the public. Access is included in regular admission.