Find­ing the Aca­di­ans

Tech­nol­ogy, his­tory meet as radar maps Fort Anne’s Gar­ri­son Grave­yard

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPECTATOR AN­NAPO­LIS ROYAL, N. S.

Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy may fi­nally help find the Aca­di­ans.

Sol­diers and civil­ians alike rest just be­low the sur­face at the Gar­ri­son Grave­yard at Fort Anne Na­tional His­toric Site in An­napo­lis Royal. But for the more than 2,000 peo­ple buried at the fort, only 232 stones stand. Where the rest are lo­cated has never been con­firmed.

A Dec. 3 col­lab­o­ra­tion saw Ma­pan­napo­lis, the NSCC’s Ap­plied Geo­mat­ics Re­search Group, Boreas Her­itage Con­sult­ing, and Parks Canada come to­gether for a day of his­toric pro­por­tions – lit­er­ally. They were search­ing for the Aca­di­ans.

Boreas, an arche­o­log­i­cal con­sult­ing firm based out of Hal­i­fax, brought their ground-pen­e­trat­ing radar unit and started look- ing in a grid­ded area known by lo­cals as the Saint Jean Bap­tiste Par­ish Ceme­tery with ac­tive dates of 1632 to 1755. A mon­u­ment near the fence on St. Ge­orge Street notes the ceme­tery later be­came the Bri­tish Gar­ri­son Grave­yard.

“Boreas Her­itage Con­sult­ing is go­ing to be do­ing some ground pen­e­trat­ing radar where we sus­pect the Aca­dian ceme­tery was,” said Ted Dolan as the work was about to be­gin. He’s Parks Can- ada’s site and vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence man­ager for his­toric sites in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia.

“We don’t have a whole lot of records de­tail­ing the Aca­dian ceme­tery that’s part of the Gar­ri­son Grave­yard at Fort Anne Na­tional His­toric Site,” he said. “We have a very good idea where it is based on his­tor­i­cal draw­ings and some his­tor­i­cal records but this will aid us with our as­sump­tions.”

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

Ear­lier this week Nathan Crow­ell and Sa­man­tha Lewis, with the Ap­plied Geo­mat­ics Re­search Group at NSCC Mid­dle­ton, did ae­rial pho­to­graphic mapping of the Gar­ri­son Grave­yard at Fort Anne in An­napo­lis Royal.

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