City Looks to Public for Info on Possible Archaeological Sites
Prince George, B.C.- When there is earth to be moved for a construction project, all work must stop if that digging turns up something of archaeological significance.
The City of Prince George is developing a data base that will identify areas which are either known to have archaeological significance, or which may hold artifacts from the past, the project is called “Protecting the Past”.
Tonight, at the Prince George Public Library, the City ( working with Norcan Consulting) is inviting the public to an evening event to help pin point such sites. Andrea Byrne is the Environmental Assistant with the City of Prince George,”We are hoping to get information on any undocumented archaeological sites, there may be some amateur archaeologists out there who may have found some pieces of archeological remnant, so by sharing their information with us, it will help us develop an archaeological risk framework tool.”
The “tool” will be an overview of known and possible sites which may have archaeological significance. As was the case when the Simon Fraser Bridge was being twinned, the discovery of archaeological finds can put a project on hold until the recovery of items is complete. Byrne says identifying such site locations will be valuable when planning projects “If we know where these sites are early, we can think of alternatives or get the proper permits in place.”
The work will also preserve any potential sites in the City Limits. “The City has no authority over archaeological resources, its regulated by the Province, so the City would just act as a middle person in the development referral process saying they ( a developer) would need to an archaeologist or the archaeology branch( of the Province).”
Primarily, the City is interested in hearing about potential sites that relate to the Lheidli T’enneh prior to the arrival of settlers. Chief Dominic Frederick is pleased the City is taking the initiative ” These sites are extremely important to Lheidli T’enneh and require the appropriate protection as laid out by the provincial archaeology branch.”
This evening’s session runs from 7 till 9 in the Bob Harkins room at the Prince George Public Library.