On Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in the Waterfront Room in the Hunt Union, bioarchaeologist Dr. Amy Scott (University of New Brunswick) will deliver a talk titled “Saving a Cemetery: Coastal erosion and bioarchaeological excavation at the 18th century Fortress of Louisbourg.”
Dr. Scott will speak on her ongoing research at Louisbourgh, an 18th century fortress recognized as an important French colonial site in the Atlantic world. As a National Historic Site of Canada that has been partially reconstructed, the Fortress is threatened by ongoing coastal erosion that is rapidly encroaching on the burials of Rochefort Point. Beginning in 2017, excavation of the Rochefort Point cemetery began to protect these burials from imminent destruction along with an in-depth skeletal analysis focusing on patterns of health, nutrition, disease and violence. These skeletal data along with the rich historic record from the Fortress of Louisbourg provides a unique glimpse into the lived experience in early colonial Canada.
The talk will be especially relevant for students and faculty interested in interdisciplinary research on health and issues concerning natural environment. It is the final event in the Anthropology TALKS speaker series for 2017-2018. Sponsored by the Anthropology Department and Anthropology Club.