Archaeology: Summer Dig 2018 on Isthmus
During the summer of 2018, an exploratory dig led by archaeologist Allyne H. Gliddon in collaboration with Eagle Lake First Nation and the Farabout Peninsula Coalition, was conducted on the isthmus connecting the mainland to the peninsula.
The portage on the narrow land bridge was used by ancient peoples to avoid the more dangerous wide waters of Eagle Lake, and access a safer route to the Eagle River, and further travel routes to the north in Ontario.
· Among some of the artifacts discovered were white quartz arrowheads and fragments of pottery crafted in the pre-historic style of the Laurel Culture (1,000 to 2,000 years ago). The Laurel People are ancestors of the Ojibway and Cree Nations.
· In additional, the dig unearthed evidence of a second ancient culture inhabiting the isthmus, finding numerous pottery fragments fashioned in the traditional style of the Black Duck Culture (500 to 1,000 years ago).
A copper projectile (arrowhead) was found that appears to be of the Archaic period (2,000 – 7,000 years ago). These people were one of the first in the world to refine copper and make copper tools.