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Aboriginal Tools: scraper and nutcrackers,Queens County Museum Collection
Aboriginal Tools: scraper and nutcrackers,Queens County Museum Collection
Pottery Sherds, Queens County Museum

Pottery Sherds, Queens County Museum Collection

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Archaeology
 
The rural community of Jemseg is located at the edge of the Grand Lake Meadows. “Ajemseg” is a Wolastoqiyik word meaning “a gathering place” which can mean either “a gathering of people” or “a place for collecting.” Wolastoqew oral history indicates that Ajemseg was a place where people lived seasonally for thousands of years.

The Ajemseg Archaeological Project combined traditional knowledge with
modern techniques to save materials from a disturbance of about 50 square meters created by the construction of a new highway in the 1990s. Artifacts recovered from the site are mostly broken fragments of pottery, debris from tool making and animal and plant refuse from food preparation and represent more than 6000 years of Wolastoqew culture and history.
 
Red ochre was discovered in April of 1997 in a basin shaped pit. The site was determined, after much testing and examination of the surrounding soil, to be a burial site. Excavation at the site ceased immediately and the location of the new highway bridge across the St. John River was changed to avoid further disturbance of the site.