Aquilla Archaeology Project Profiles

All archaeological sites are protected in British Columbia and location information is kept confidential to prevent theft and vandalism but We would love to share the findings of some of our recent work that helps expand our understanding of ancient British Columbia.

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Cultural Mapping Project for the Community Parks and Trails Strategy
Regional District of Nanaimo
In 2013 the Regional District of Nanaimo engaged Aquilla Archaeology to complete a regional archaeological and heritage overview of 33 proposed community parks and parks identified for improvements as proposed in the Community Parks and Trails Strategy for Electoral Areas E-F (Nanoose, Parksville, Qualicum, Coombs, Deep Bay). Goals of the project were to identify, map and summarize information about the cultural, archaeological and heritage values of the project areas. This work included liaising with 13 First Nation communities whose territory include the Regional District CPTS locations and consulting each First Nation regarding potentially culturally sensitive locations in relation to the project. The Remote Access Archaeological Database (RAAD), restricted online library of archaeological grey literature, archival and community level research was completed for each of the 33 locations. The project deliverables included a GIS Cultural Map and associated database of details showing all up-to-date First Nation territorial boundaries, all archaeological sites, heritage sites and areas of cultural importance. The Cultural Mapping Project is completed and the Regional District will release a public copy summary when the CPTS is publicly available in November 2013.
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Archaeological Overview Assessment of Englishman River Regional Park
Regional District of Nanaimo
In 2012 Aquilla Archaeology completed an AOA of a portion of Englishman River Regional Park on behalf of the Regional District of Nanaimo. This project was to identify the potential of archaeological resources within an area of the park slated for a new trail system. Known recorded archaeological sites are present within the park including a rock shelter and a high-profile petroglyph. The goal of the AOA was to further document the archaeological and heritage potential of the project area. This was achieved through a detailed review of all archaeological grey literature, historic resources in the vicinity and by preliminary field reconnaissance of the project area. A final report was completed compiling a detailed overview of the heritage resources within the park and provided the Regional District of Nanaimo the information required to complete construction of a new trail network within the park.
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Archaeological Impact Assessment of DjSc-1, Shelter Point Regional Park, Texada Island
Powell River Regional District
This AIA study was completed in advance of proposed developments planned by the Regional District of Powell River to rebuild a caretaker residence and a new concession and associated ancillary infrastructure within a regional park with extensive campground facilites. In 2013 Aquilla Archaeology found archaeological evidence of a large coast Salish village site found within Shelter Point Park. This work identified some of the best known village and house features found in the southern coastal region.

Aquilla Archaeology is continuing to work with the Regional District to preserve the significant areas of the site by clearing through permitted site alteration work, the less intact and disturbed portions of the archaeological site in order to facilitate development in these areas. This next phase of work is scheduled for 2014.

Other Recently Completed Projects 

Here's a snapshot of other projects we've completed in recent years.

Regional District of Nanaimo   (2013)
Cultural Mapping Project for the Community Parks and Trails Strategy
Newcastle Island Society   (2013)
Application to the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board
Regional District of Powell River   (2013)
Archaeological Impact Assessment of DjSc-1, Shelter Point Regional Park
BC Parks   (2013)
Archaeological Impact Assessment of the Copeland Islands, Desolation Sound Marine Park
Stz’uminus First Nation   (2013)
Stz’uminus Origins Project
Regional District of Nanaimo   (2012)
Archaeological Overview Assessment of Englishman River Regional Park
Lyackson First Nation   (2012)
Archaeological Overview Assessment of the Lyackson Yurt Campground, Valdes Island
Parksville Museum   (2012)
Assessment of Collections
Compliance Coal Corp.   (2011)
Archaeological Impact Assessment of the Raven Undergound Coal Project
Halalt First Nation   (2011)
Archaeological Overview Assessment of a Portion of the Chemainus River
Compliance Coal Corp.   (2010)
Archaeological Overview Assessment of the Raven Underground Coal Project