ArchaeologyPreserving and promoting our past
As one of the original inhabitants of Canada, our people have a great history that we wish to both preserve and promote.
The Nunatsiavut Government is responsible for the preservation and protection of archaeological resources on Labrador Inuit Lands (LIL). These responsibilities include: regulation of archaeological research activities on LIL; archaeological assessment of impacts related to land use and mineral exploration on LIL; and education about archaeological resources on LIL.
What Should I Do if I Find an Artifact?
Artifacts are important because they can provide us with so much information on the past. However, if an artifact is disturbed, or removed from its context, what we can learn from it will be very limited. Archaeological resources are fragile and non-renewable. If they are disturbed or destroyed they are lost forever. It is for reasons like this that there are laws protecting archaeological resources in this part of the world which make it illegal for anyone other than a qualified Permit Holder to disturb artifacts or archaeological sites. It is illegal to buy, sell, or trade archaeological materials which means that artifacts have no monetary value. They are valuable because of the information they can provide.
If you accidentally find an artifact, it is important that it be left undisturbed, and that activity in the area stop immediately, otherwise irreversible damage could be done. The best thing to do is to make a note of where you observe it, take photos if you can, and contact the Nunatsiavut Archaeology Office (NAO) as soon as possible. If you believe the site where the artifact is observed is threatened for any reason, it is especially important to contact the NAO as quickly as possible. Please help protect the archaeological heritage of Nunatsiavut by being respectful of archaeological sites and artifacts, by not disturbing them, and by contacting the NAO if you encounter them
You can contact the NAO office by reaching Nunatsiavut Government’s Archaeologist:
25 Ikajuktauvik Road
P.O Box 430
Phone: (709) 922-2942 ext. 240
Fax: (709) 922-2863
Research and Assessment
Historic Resources Impact Assessment Application
Applications for archaeological research and historic resource impact assessment are available below, as well as, on the Torngasok Cultural Centre website.”
And click on the link below for the application: