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Montague Harbour Underwater Archaeology Project
n.b. under construction
These following pages will provide information on fieldwork at Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, British Columbia which I directed from 1989 through 1992.
The project was conceived in order to test the hypothesis that cultural remains of the mid- and early Holocene would be found in subtidal deposits offshore the main terrestrial midden at Montague Harbour (Borden site # DfRu-13). Fieldwork consisted of excavations of the supra-tidal, tidal, and sub-tidal (underwater) zones facing the main terrestrial deposit.
This work was the first underwater excavation for prehistoric remains conducted in British Columbia. It was generously supported by research grants from the British Columbia Heritage Trust, the Northern Research Institute at Yukon College, and the Federal Department of Heritage Canada.
Primary field support, in the form of numerous volunteer divers and terrestrial workers, was given by the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia and the Archaeological Society of British Columbia.
The results of the research programme were equivocal. Artefacts were recovered in all three areas investigated, but bioturbation factors severely confounded their primary context. Nevertheless, the data allowed us to propose a number of conclusions and provocative possibilities. These are detailed in these Montague research papers, some of which are available for viewing or downloading in PDF or Word format.