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Local development of archaeological sites is an unusual model in North America, but there are many such projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland Archaeological Heritage Outreach Program was designed to help community groups involved in site development by providing access to information about archaeological artifacts and cultures, conservation, and site interpretation. A key step in achieving these aims was the placement of Memorial University archaeology students as research assistants and interns in field, lab and exhibit situations with community-based projects.

The community organizations and principal investigators involved have various research aims, specific to their own archaeological projects. The Outreach Program recorded and assessed this emerging model of community-based archaeological site development. Thirty-five community heritage groups from various parts of Newfoundland and Labrador were registered with the Program, which wrapped up in September, 2005.

The Program was a Community-University Research Alliance sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The Memorial University Archaeology Unit worked in cooperation with the Culture and Heritage Division of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University's Labrador Institute and five community partners: Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation, Colony of Avalon Foundation, Dorset Eskimo Quarry Committee Incorporated, Petit Nord Nature and Heritage Society and the Placentia Area Historical Society.

17th Century Cobble Stone Street
17th Century Cobble Stone Street, Ferryland

Updated Sept., 2005 by Jeannie Howse.