Making a point with arrowheads

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Arrowheads are a point of interest for many people. The Rideau Valley Archaeological Society presents an introduction to flint knapping Sunday, November 10, 12:30 pm at the Goose and Gridiron in Merrickville.

Bradley Drouin, a Senior Archaeologist at Golder Associates’ Ottawa Office, will demonstrate flint knapping, and offer hands-on experience. Mr. Drouin started working stone about 15 years ago.

Over the last decade, he has completed a number of stone and composite tool reproductions for the City of Vancouver, Parks Ontario, Irkutsk State University, and a number of museums. He has guest lectured at the University of Lethbridge, Algonquin College, and has taught stone-tool making to Indigenous groups in northern Alberta, the Ottawa Valley, and Melbourne, Australia.

He has worked from offices in Ottawa, Edmonton, London, and Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Drouin has worked Pre-Contact Indigenous archaeological sites in a range of environments, including the Canadian Arctic and Subarctic, the Prairies, and Boreal and Great Lakes locations.

At the December 8 meeting, Nancy Binnie, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Canadian Conservation Institute, has a presentation on what appears to be the Avro delta test vehicle launched in 1954 for the Velvet Glove missile development program.  When retrieved from Lake Ontario in 2017, the artifact was assumed to be related to the Avro Arrow.

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