Archaeological Impact Assessment of a Gravel Quarry at KM251 of the Dempster Highway

Glen MacKay (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2014-018)

Glen MacKay of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) conducted an archaeological impact assessment (AIA) of a proposed expansion of an existing gravel quarry at KM 251 of the Dempster Highway (near Inuvik). This included an inspection of a stone ring feature near the active quarry that was reported to the PWNHC by staff of the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board.

The results of the AIA indicate that there are no archaeological sites at risk of impact from continued operation/expansion of the quarry. The stone ring feature appears to have been built recently, based on patterns of lichen growth on the stones, and the presence of small pieces of modern fabric in the vicinity of the ring. As such, it was not recorded as an archaeological site.

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