Sambaa Deh Archaeology Project

Glen MacKay (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2007-011)

The goal of this project was to map and conduct some test excavations at a precontact lithic workshop, located in Sambaa Deh Territorial Park on the Trout River. We found a very high density of core fragments and early stage debitage extending at least 200 m along a high raised terrace of the Trout River, indicating that this site is associated with a nearby lithic extraction site.

The site is located on an important portage trail around two sets of falls on the Trout River: Coral Falls and Sambaa Deh Falls. Lithic artifacts eroding from this popular hiking trail led to the initial identification of the site. Excavation of numerous shovel tests and two 1 x 1 m excavation units resulted in the recovery of several thousand lithic artefacts.

(Edited by Shelley Crouch, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)