Digging up the past

Assistant Curator Alex Matheson


The Colchester Historical Society invites you to get your hands dirty and explore their newest exhibit.

Dirt and Discovery: Unearthing Ancient Colchester opens this week at the Museum on Young Street. Researched and designed by Assistant Curator Alex Matheson, the exhibit explores the prehistoric peoples of Colchester and their way of life.

“When most people think about archaeology they think of faraway places and remote sites when actually there has been a lot of amazing work done here in Nova Scotia. Colchester itself has some of the oldest sites in North America at 11,000 years old”, says Alex, who studies archaeology at the University of Calgary. “Dirt and Discovery is about exposing people to a vast span of prehistory which isn’t just amazing, but also local.”

The exhibit features replica stone and bone tools, pottery and photos and documents detailing the original excavations of the Debert site. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to explore this early time period and find out more about valuable archaeological sites close to home.

The Colchester Historical Museum’s fall hours are Tuesday to Friday 10-12 and 1-4 and Saturday from 1-4. For more information please visit the museum website colchesterhistoreum.ca or call 895-6284.

(1) Comment

  1. Wayne Foster says:

    What a great contribution to the exhibitions at the museum! I hope people take the opportunity to explore what is on display here.

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