Neil Jordan, Catherine Hawkins, and Colleen McNulty digging a row of test pits at the Colony of Avalon. Photo courtesy of Dr. Barry Gaulton.

Summer vacations are at an end, and the Rideau Valley Archaeological Society is returning to monthly meetings.

On Sunday, September 9, at 12:30 pm, RVAS will reconvene at the Goose and Gridiron in Merrickville with Brian Reid, an RVAS member, speaking about his summer experience digging at the Colony of Avalon in Ferryland, Newfoundland. In 1621, Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore) established the Colony of Avalon, which is recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Visit

RVAS memberships will be sold. A $5 fee takes your membership to the end of 2018. For $25, a membership is valid to 31 Dec. 2019. Come for lunch, and enjoy Brian’s presentation.

In October, NCC archaeologist Ian Badgley speaks about the Lac Leamy Park First Nation’s dig on the Ottawa River shoreline opposite Rideau Falls; a site dating back 6,000 years. New York archaeologist Tim Abel is November’s guest presenting on the 15th-century Iroquoian site at Sanford Corners, northeast of Watertown.

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