The Colony of Avalon will be opening on June 11 for the 2018 Season.
Although separated by more than 90km as the crow flies, or 200km by sea, Ferryland and Placentia have a lot more in common than their Irish heritage. The two settlements were also traditional enemies in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. That French-English historical animosity, really more of a European issue that spilled over to Newfoundland, … Continued
This month’s blog post describes plans for 2017 summer excavations at Ferryland, which will be conducted as part of my Masters research at Memorial University under the direction of Dr. Barry Gaulton. While much of the archaeological research at Ferryland has focussed on the substantial and incredibly well-preserved remains of the 17th-century colony, evidence over … Continued
The exciting discoveries from last year’s field season make writing a blog post about the 2017 excavations at Ferryland quite easy. However, it is not without its challenges. We continue to struggle with the same issue that plagues not-for-profit heritage organizations across the country — funding. Here at Ferryland we are truly blessed with an … Continued
With our Archaeologist for a Day program, visitors are able to join our on-going quest to uncover Lord Baltimore’s Colony of Avalon. This program gives the public an opportunity to work alongside our professional archaeological staff as they dig, sift, identify, and record the remains of a seventeenth-century English settlement. During our 2016 … Continued
The search for the 17th-century burial ground at Ferryland was conducted in 2016 and is ongoing for the 2017 field season as a part of my Masters research at Memorial University. Prior to fieldwork, I surveyed spatial relationships between burial grounds and their associated settlements on the east coast of the U.S.A. and Newfoundland; where … Continued
The 2016 field season was different from previous seasons in that the field crew spent a lot of time digging test pits in unexplored areas, particularly along the eastern perimeter of the site. In preparation for a possible new road that may be running along the northern edge of The Downs, it was necessary to … Continued