Digging into history

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You might not be chased by a giant boulder like Indiana Jones, but the Museum of Industry promises an exciting opportunity to work as an archaeologist here in Pictou County during its annual public dig at the iron foundry located beside the museum.

This year marks the third year archaeologists and the museum have invited the public to help discover parts of history by becoming involved.

“We find them very popular,” said Debra McNabb, director of the museum. “Some people tell us it’s a dream come true” to be able to take part in the dig.

The event is open to children ages five and up, accompanied by an adult, with a family dig site that features more artifacts that are shallow as well as an adult dig site where participants will be helping uncover brick parts of the foundry.

McNabb recommends that anyone looking to participate in the digs should dress appropriately by wearing gloves, kneepads, long pants and good footwear. In all, there will be six or seven archaeologists on site to help guide and instruct diggers on proper technique.

“Looking at the iron foundry on site is a very significant pursuit,” McNabb added. As a part of Pictou County’s heritage and part of the industry of the county, the site is historically significant.

Anyone looking to sign up for the digs can call the museum at 902-755-5425 or email industry@novascotia.ca. The event is free to participate in, although you must pre-register, and will be held September 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. both days.


Archeologists take a look at some brickwork that remains from the iron foundry in Stellarton during a previous dig. (Laura deBoer photo)