Yellowknife Bay Archaeology Project

Glen MacKay (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2012-009)

In 2012, archaeologists from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre began an archaeological survey of the Yellowknife Bay area in collaboration with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. The goal of the project is to record archaeological sites in and around Yellowknife Bay, which will facilitate their protection when land use activities are proposed in the area.

This summer we focused our survey efforts between the mouth of the Yellowknife River and Tartan Rapids. We recorded archaeological evidence of past land uses in this area ranging from precontact stone tool scatters to campsites associated with historic mineral exploration activities. We plan to continue our survey of the Yellowknife area in future summers.

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