Look­ing for Coat­i­cook’s buried ho­tel

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Coat­i­cook

19th and the 23rd, un­earthed a stone struc­ture thought to be a wall of the ho­tel’s foun­da­tion. Ob­ser­va­tions done at the site in­di­cate that a large part of the foun­da­tion is still present un­der the sur­face, as well as de­bris from the de­mo­li­tion. Lay­ers of slag, which ap­pear when iron and car­bon mix un­der in­tense heat, were also found, con­firm­ing the hy­poth­e­sis that the ho­tel was rav­aged by a fire.

The ul­ti­mate goal of this project is to al­low the Beaulne Mu­seum to im­prove its cul­tural and tourist at­trac­tions by tak­ing steps to val­orize the dis­cov­er­ies made, lead­ing to a sys­tem­atic arche­o­log­i­cal dig to un­earth the foun­da­tions and look for arte­facts.

The good state of con­ser­va­tion of the site also of­fers favourable con­di­tions for pub­lic in­ter­est digs. The Beaulne Mu­seum there­fore hopes that, af­ter the sys­tem­atic dig, it will be able to of­fer to the pub­lic the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing part in pub­lic digs in the com­pany of a pro­fes­sional arche­ol­o­gist. That ac­tiv­ity will take place dur­ing the town’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, in 2014.

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