News Release

July 28, 2022

National Capital Region —Discover our history during Archeology Month and take part in an archaeological dig this August at Leamy Lake Park. Learn more about the pre-contact period (i.e., prior to the arrival of Europeans) through the work of archaeologists. The National Capital Commission’s archaeologist Ian Badgley will lead the digs in partnership with the Anishinabe Odjibikan Andwanikesiwag, the archaeological field school of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.

These free public digs are a great learning opportunity for residents and visitors of all ages. While most of the digs are geared toward adults and children aged 10 and up, we will also offer a simulated archaeological dig for families with young children.

Public digs schedule: 8am to 5pm

  • Monday, August 1 to Wednesday, August 3
  • Saturday, August 6 to Tuesday, August 9
  • Saturday, August 13 to Monday, August 15
  • Saturday, August 27 to Tuesday, August 30

Leamy Lake Park contains the largest pre-contact archaeological site complex in the Outaouais Region. Most of the sites were occupied between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago. The artifact collections recovered from these sites provide important information about Anishinabe Algonquin history in the National Capital Region.

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Public Archaeological Digs

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Mario Tremblay
NCC Media Relations