Archaeological Investigations for TerraX Minerals Inc.’s Yellowknife City Gold Project

Daniel Walker (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2014-020)

Archaeological investigations of the proposed Yellowknife City Gold Project were conducted by ERM Rescan Consultants Canada (ERM Rescan), on behalf of TerraX Minerals Inc. in 2014. The southern boundaries are located within the city of Yellowknife and the Project extends approximately 18 km north. The 2014 assessment included the development of an archaeological potential model for the Project area and a short field program conducted area on September 11th and 12th of 2014 with the assistance of Veronique Bjorkman. The field investigations were conducted at potential drill areas at the north end of Walsh Lake, along the southeast shore of Banting Lake, and the east side of Ryan Lake.

No archaeological objects or features were located during the pedestrian survey. Historic features identified in the area include cabins and campsites associated with recreational use of the area and claim posts, pickets, core boxes, trenches, and drill collars associated with mineral exploration. The high density of modern campsites in the area corroborates the assessment of the potential model that these relatively level bedrock exposures overlooking the water make good temporary camp locations, however no prehistoric materials were located during the survey.

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