Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Site Identification

After the process of site location and protection through registration is underway the next priority might well be identification of these sites by name. A E Jones makes an admirable attempt at this process and given the resources at his disposal at the time his triangulation theory was not a bad idea. His analyses of each village name in order to find reference to its location or geography is well beyond my capabilities in linguistics and can be left to others to review. I don't speak or read French, failed miserably in Latin and have a hard enough time with my native language as may be noted by my spelling. Jones did however do what I have wanted to attempt and that is put the various villages that are mentioned in the Champlain, Sagard and the Relations into order and position based on the numerous trips and resulting itineraries of the explorers and priests.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

From Research to Action

I have spent the last few days pulling together the results of my research to date and have found a way to put it to work. My list of sites in Tiny, Tay, Oro-Medonte now totals 303 and I have yet to add Severn twp or those site to the south in Springwater. I have finished reading A E Jones and adding his sites to those of A F Hunter and others. Most of the Jones sites are duplicates of Hunter's but he attempts to place village and mission names with more certainty than Hunter and with little or no reference to the archeology. His most substantial disagreement with Hunter comes with the location of St Louis and hence with St Ignace. He also differs with Hunter and others on his location of St Joseph.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Opportunity for Repatriation?

When ossuaries such as the ones at Elliot's Corner are part of the public record and protected one would assume under the Cemeteries Act and there is evidence that their contents have become parts of collections such as Dr Bawtree's or Dr Tache's how difficult would it be to have these remains and artifacts returned to where they belong.
We know that Dr Tache collection went to LaVal University but they claim not to be able to find it. I'm not sure what happened to the Bawtree collection but it would be interesting to try and tract it down and if the Wendat were interested and willing perhaps at least some of these sacred remains and artifacts could be taken out of the museums, universities and private collection and reburied in their proper place.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Elliotts Corner & Ste Louis?

Steve mentioned the site of a bonepit he was aware of behind the firehall on Old Fort Rd. I have noted that this site corresponds to A F Hunter's site # 10, as the east 1/2 of lot 10 Conc 3 Tay. I have copied to this post part of Hunter's notes and see a reference to Ste Louis that caught my attention. (enlarge to read)
I have also noted on review of this area that there is a known ossuary in Candlelight Village just west of here on the west 1/2 of lot 10 Conc 3 Tay described by Hunter as his site # 11 and also that on the east 1/2 of lot 9 Conc 3 Tay (Hunter site 12 Tay).