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Letter to Resident of Terrace Bay Concerning His Archaeological Discovery
Description
Creator
David Arthurs, Author
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Letterheads
Description
Field Archaeologist writes to Terrace Bay resident Mark Gerlach about Mr. Gerlach's archeological discovery. Mr. Gerlach found artifacts that, according to the archaeologist, were "a very important discovery."
Notes
See newspaper article relating.
Date of Publication
14 Jun 1985
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Mark Gerlach, David Arthurs, Marilyn (Turcotte), Dion (Bozec)
Corporate Name(s)
Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, Heritage Branch
Local identifier
LH Archaeology
Collection
Local History
Language of Item
English; French
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.78341 Longitude: -87.09996
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Full Text

L.H. Archaeology

Ontario

Ministry of Citizenship and Culture

Ministere des Affaires civiques et culturelles

Heritage Branch

1825 East Arthur Street

Thunder Bay, Ontario

P7E 5N7

1-800-465-6939

Your File:

Our File:

June 14, 1985

Mr. Mark Gerlach

25 Pine Crescent

Terrace Bay, Ontario

POT 2WO

Dear Mark:

Just a short note to thank you for your hospitality during my visit to Terrace Bay on June 5, and for taking the time to take me up to see the "Gerlach Site".

Your hunch was right--you have made a very important discovery. In the process of doing some preliminary background research on the find I have been checking around, and to the best of my knowledge, noone has ever found anything quite like it. Our Regional Archaeologist in Sault Ste. Marie, who has been researching the Archaic in that area, has seen caches of a few bifaces in his region, but never anything of this magnitude. I've enclosed copies of some general reference material on the Shield Archaic that you might find of interest, to help put your find in perspective. I have also enclosed copies of the pamphlets I had left with Marilyn to pass on to you, in case Dion would like a set. They explain pretty much what we are trying to do, and why.

It si shaping up to be a crazy summer. We are hoping to have a crew back at Nipigon this summer, to continue work at the fur trade post, though with the current uncertainty of the government we don't know what will happen! If it goes, it will be a public archaeology project, with displays and tours. If you're in the area, please drop down and the crew will give you the "red carpet treatment".

I will be in touch in the fall (when things quiet down a bit). I'd like to borrow the collection to photograph and analyze over the winter, to complete my report on the site. We can then discuss arrangements to have the material donated to the Nipigon Museum.

Thank you again for everything. Our knowledge of the Shield Archaic in the area is very limited. The Gerlach cache will go a long way toward increasing our understanding! I'll be in touch.

Regards,

signature: Dave

David Arthurs

Field Archaeologist

North Central Region

42-054

29.5 cm (h) x 21 cm (w)

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Letter to Resident of Terrace Bay Concerning His Archaeological Discovery


Field Archaeologist writes to Terrace Bay resident Mark Gerlach about Mr. Gerlach's archeological discovery. Mr. Gerlach found artifacts that, according to the archaeologist, were "a very important discovery."