Archaeological Impact Assessment of the abandoned Indore and Hottah Mines

Julie Ross (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2012-010)

In June of 2012, Julie Ross of Golder Associates Ltd. and Dolphous Apples from Gameti conducted an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA) in the vicinity of the Indore and Hottah mine sites along the shores of Beaverlodge and Hottah Lake north of Gameti for Aboriginal Affairs Northern Development Canada (AANDC). The Euro-Canadian sites consist of uranium exploration camps and the two mine sites. Both site types have resulted in contaminated waste being distributed along the landscape and AANDC’s intention is to remediate these sites.

Eleven previously unrecorded archaeological sites were recorded and six previously recorded sites were revisited. Many of the Euro-Canadian sites were used by Tłįchϙ after their abandonment. The Euro-Canadian sites were mapped and photographic documentation was conducted. The Tłįchϙ sites that were recorded include 3 fish caches, 2 hunting blinds and 2 camp sites.

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