B.A. Hons. (Archaeology), Memorial University of Newfoundland
Difficult Heritage, memory, landscape, recent archaeology, 20th century, Newfoundland
The objective of my research is to document how the archaeology of recent difficult heritage, using Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s as a case study, can be carried out and be made relevant to Newfoundland today. I will focus on aspects such as how a site that has been removed or covered up can be examined archaeologically, how memories of the site can be documented, if or how commemoration can be undertaken, how does the site play into the larger collective memory of Newfoundland, and what are the political implications with examining a site of difficult heritage? By researching a site that holds dark and unwanted memories for people that are still living I hope to create a dialogue that addresses a topic which although may be uncomfortable should not be ignored, especially if it holds important information about the past. I also hope to show the importance of more recent archaeology and how having people who lived at the site or through an event can be important to research.