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Friday, June 24, 2016

L’anse Amour Burial



This mound of rocks is the earliest known funeral in the new world and marks the burial place of an Indian child who died about 7500 years ago.  The Maritime Archaic People, to whom the child belonged, occupied this area between 9000 and 3500 years ago.  The body was covered with red ochre, wrapped in skins or birch bark, and placed in a large pit 1.5 metres deep.  Fires were lit on either side of the body and several spearheads of stone and bone placed beside the head A walrus tuck, harpoon head, paint stones and a bone whistle were also placed with the body.


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