Bark in the Fosse?  The Implications of Birch Bark Remains at an 18th Century Fort Site. 

Author(s): Andrew R Beaupre

Year: 2013


Nearly two meters beneath the modern ground surface, the remains of a birch bark construction rest in a state of near perfect preservation for over two hundred years.  In the summer of 2012, a team of archaeologists from Université Laval and the College of William and Mary uncovered this unique artifact.   The site of this artifact’s recovery lies in the contested waterway of the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Corridor. During the 18th century this ‘Valley of Forts’ saw the swing of borders, north and south between two European Nations,  at least three Native American Nations and the United States of America. This paper addresses the questions surrounding the identity of this large bark construction, its origins, clues about its construction and what the artifacts’ resting place in the bottom of a British defensive trench can tell us about this highly contested border zone. 

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Bark in the Fosse?  The Implications of Birch Bark Remains at an 18th Century Fort Site. . Andrew R Beaupre. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428209)

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bark Borders Fort

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 667