Remote Sensing at the Buffalo Lake Métis Wintering Site (FdPe-1): Follow-Up Results

Author(s): Aaron Coons; Kisha Supernant; Terry Gibson

Year: 2016


The Buffalo Lake Métis Wintering Site (FdPe-1), located in central Alberta, Canada, presents one of the most extensively studied examples of overwintering practices amongst the Fur Trade-era Métis. With historical records accounting for approximately four hundred cabins being present at the site in 1876, this site has the potential to have been the largest settlement west of the Red River at the time of its occupation. However, surficial evidence of these cabins is now scarce as a result of modern agricultural practices. Geophysical surveys were conducted at the site during the 2014 and 2015 field seasons, with a focus upon magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar. The results of these surveys as well as their follow-up test excavations are presented, with a focus upon the spatial distribution of the features and their contents.

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Remote Sensing at the Buffalo Lake Métis Wintering Site (FdPe-1): Follow-Up Results. Aaron Coons, Kisha Supernant, Terry Gibson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404589)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;