Rigolet Region Archeological Survey


Jamie Brake

William Fitzhugh

This project examines the largely undocumented archeological areas in the Southern portion of Nunatsiavut and the area surrounding Rigolet. The survey is being conducted by the Nunatsiavut Archeologist Jamie Brake, and the internationally acclaimed archeologist and head of the Smithsonian Institute’s Arctic College, William Fitzhugh.

With over 70 sites identified so far, the area is rich in archaeology and, with vast majority of these sites, shows a continued Inuit presence in the area. Work in the area so far has already added much to the knowledge of the history in the area, and has provided Nunatsiavut with critical information for heritage resource management.

The survey is being conducted at the request of the community of Rigolet, who want to learn more about their past, and also to look for potential tourism opportunities. Right now there is an archaeological site being excavated by a Tradition & Transition team under the direction of Lisa Rankin (Double Mer Point Archaeology). The site is located at the end of the community’s wooden boardwalk, the longest structure of its kind in North America.

Public meetings with the community are organized at the start of each field season, and community members and youth are encouraged to work with archaeologists to gain skills and build relationships. All reports on the completed fieldwork are available in English and Inuktitut.