SI2019-B-1: “All the Island is a Graveyard”; Archaeological and Historical Aspects of Sable Island National Park Reserve – Charles A. Burke MA

Parks Canada has undertaken several archaeological surveys of in situ archaeological resources on Sable Island National Park Reserve and has documented many sites associated with the Island’s human occupation. Although fragile and as often buried as exposed in the Island`s sand, these sites represent historical activities and occupation from the first French settlement of 1598 to the 19th century establishment of life-saving stations and lighthouses. In addition to documenting the archaeological evidence, this research will contribute to the long-term cultural resource monitoring and management of human history sites on Sable Island.  This presentation will highlight some of the more interesting survey results, including information derived from ground penetrating radar analysis at the original main station.