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Province House Gardens Redesign

Key Findings

Archaeological monitoring revealed archaeological features dating to the 18th and 19th centuries related to government operations, civilian land use, historic Mi'kmaw, and historic construction activities. DMA has developed an Archaeological Monitoring & Mitigation Plan for any future potential site disturbance on the Province House Block.

Project Background

Davis MacIntyre & Associates conducted an archaeological resource impact assessment of Nova Scotia's Province House Gardens redesign in 2018. The site is highly significant not only for its association with the oldest standing legislature building in Canada. This was also the site of the first Council chambers where the government of Nova Scotia would meet since 1749, in the very earliest days of the founding of Halifax.

Check out our discovery of a buried, vaulted chamber at Province House in Halifax featured by Archaeology Magazine and CBC!

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