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First up, these artifacts were brought to our attention from a woman who used to live near Welsford, NB.
The ground stone gouge on the left matches similar examples from Maine which date to approximately 6,000 years old. The tool was used to remove large amounts of wood in the process of making items like bowls or dug out canoes. Of the two arrowheads in the picture on the right, the left one is similar to a variant named after the Meadowood type site in New York State. Along with this diagnostic point type, the Meadowood introduced ceramics to the region approximately 3,000 years ago. The quartz arrowhead on the right is another Maritime Woodland specimen found in the same location.
The artifacts below all come from a collector in south-western New Brunswick. These specimens cover a relatively large span in both geography and chronology. They were found in both riverine and lacustrine environments.
A recent walk on the beach near Port Elgin, NB, in search of sea glass, turned up this artifact by a visitor from Alberta. This projectile point likely dates to the Maritime Woodland period (~3000 to European contact) and is typical of the east coast of the province.
Stanley “Stan” Ebbett Collection
This collection was recently catalogued, photographed and then submitted to the provincial Archaeological Services Unit in Fredericton. Stan was an avid collector (when it was allowed) and a long-time member of the New Brunswick Archaeological Society. After his death a few years ago, his wife Darlene wanted to ensure that Stan’s collection was returned to the province. These stone tools were collected throughout New Brunswick with some known to have originated in Nova Scotia, too (since returned to NS).