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Conference Events

The Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site and Cupids Legacy Centre: Thursday morning, October 4th

Established in 1610, Cupids is the site of the first permanent English settlement in what is now Canada. The site of the original Cupids Cove Plantation was discovered in 1995 and excavations have been ongoing there since then. Over this time, the remains of five early 17th century buildings, a cemetery, and defence works, and over 160,000 artifacts have been uncovered. In 2011 the site was declared a Provincial Historic Site. Visitors can tour the site, view the excavations, and visit the Cupids Legacy Centre, located within a short walk of the site, which houses both the archaeology lab and exhibits on the archaeology and history of Cupids.

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Cupids Dwelling

Photo courtesy of Bill Gilbert, excavated dwelling at Cupids

The History and Archaeology of Signal Hill: Thursday afternoon, October 4th

Signal Hill National Historic Site is an iconic part of St. John's history and landscape. It was the site of the last battle of the Seven Years War in North America in 1762 and the location of the first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901. Occupied by the British military from the 17th-19th centuries, and used as an important post by US and Canadian military during the Second World War, the site is littered with the remains of three centuries worth of archaeological features and just as many local legends. Add to this the astonishing views of the North Atlantic, it's easy to understand why no trip to St. John's is complete without a visit. Join us for a complimentary walking tour covering the history and archaeology of this significant site, while enjoying the stunning views of St. John's from the top of the hill. 

Signal Hill

Photo of Signal Hill excavations, courtesy of A. Crompton

Open Vault Workshops, The Rooms Museum: Friday October 5th

1. Marine Archaeology collections; 17th & 18th c; Trinity Bay and the Avalon Peninsula (10:30-12:30 AM) at The Rooms Provincial Museum (Division). Maximum of 10 participants. $20 US/CDN

2. Inuit Material Culture; 18th & 19th c; European Goods; Rose Island, Labrador (1:00-3:00 PM) at The Rooms Provincial Museum (Division). Maximum of 10 participants. $20 US/CDN

Welcome Reception: Friday October 5th

The CNEHA 2012 welcome reception will be held in the third floor of The Rooms Provincial Museum, Archives and Art Gallery. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city and be sure to visit the Museum's permanent exhibit Connections, introducing visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador, its natural life and the peoples who lived here from 9,000 years ago to ca. 1830. For more information on our Provincial Museum visit:

The Rooms

The Rooms, St. John's, NL.

Photos courtesy of the Rooms Provincial Museum Division and Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.

Tour of Ferryland: Friday October 5th

Join us for an in-depth tour of the archaeological site, conservation lab and interpretation centre at Ferryland. Established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the first Lord Baltimore) and later appropriated by Sir David Kirke in 1638, this active archaeological site boasts some of the best preserved and most substantial structural remains from early Colonial America. Excavations have demonstrated that Ferryland was also frequented by Native peoples and European migratory fishermen in the sixteenth century, some of whom likely had amicable relations.

The tour wraps up with a visit to our reproduction seventeenth-century kitchen. Sit down by the fire, relax, and enjoy some complimentary refreshments (and possibly even some pottage cooked by one of our heritage interpreters).

Mansion house, Ferryland

Photo courtesy of Barry Gaulton, excavated mansion house at Ferryland

Conference Social: Saturday October 6th

Join us for the CNEHA 2012 Saturday night social at historic Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House in the heart of downtown St. John's. This 1840s four story masonry building was beautifully restored in 2008 and is located on the corner of Water Street and George Street, two of the oldest streets in North America and just a stone's throw from the harbour. George Street is also famous as the entertainment hub of St. John's and boasts the most bars and pubs per square foot of any street in North America! For further information on Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House check out their web site at:

Yellowbelly Pub

Photos courtesy of theYellowbelly Brewery and Public House.

Post-Conference Tour: October 8-9th to L’Anse aux Meadows (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Red Bay, Labrador (National Historic Site).

Join us for a tour of two of this province’s premier archaeological sites: the 16th-century Basque whaling station in Red Bay and the 11th-century Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows. The cost of this tour includes airfare, bus rental, accommodation (based on double occupancy) and meals. This tour is subject to sufficient enrollment Maximum of 16 participants $1250 US/CDN per person (price is based on 16 participants).

If you are interested in the post-conference tour you must register by September 14th!