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Near L'Anse-au-Loup in Division No. 10 (Labrador), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Atlantic Provinces
 

L’Anse Amour Burial

Site funéraire de l’anse Amour

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2014
1. L’anse Amour Burial Marker
Inscription.  English:
This mound of rocks is the earliest known funeral monument in the new world and marks the burial place of an Indian child who died about 7500 years ago. The Maritime Archaic people, to whom the child belonged, occupied this area between 9000 and 3500 years ago. The body was covered with red ochre, wrapped in skins or birch bark, and placed in a large pit 1.5 metres deep. Fires were lit on either side of the body, and several spearheads of stone and bone placed beside the head. A walrus tusk, harpoon head, paint stones and a bone whistle were also placed with the body.

French:
Ce tumulus de pierres, qui est le plus ancien monument funéraire connu du Nouveau-Monde, marque le lieu de la sépulture d'un jeune Indien décédé il y a environ 7500 ans. De l'an 9000 à 3500, des Indiens de la tradition archaîque maritime à laquelle appartenait l'enfant ont occupé cette région. Le corps a été enduit d'ocre rouge, enveloppé dans des peaux ou de l'écorce de bouleau et placé dans une grande fosse profonde de 1,5 mètres. On a allumé des feux de chaque côté du corps et placé près de la tête plusieurs pointes de lances
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2014
2. L’anse Amour Burial Marker
de pierres et d'os. Une défense de morse, une tête de harpon, des pierres à peinture et un sifflet d'os se trouvaient aussi près du corps.
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
 
Location. 51° 28.792′ N, 56° 52.011′ W. Marker is near L'Anse-au-Loup, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 10 (Labrador). Marker is on L'Anse Amour Branch Road just from Trans-Labrador Highway (Newfoundland and Labrador Route 510), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: L'Anse-au-Loup, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 3L0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Marconi Station (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); The Diaphone (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Thrombolites or Living Rocks (approx. 22.5 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is about 1 km south of the Trans-Labrador Highway.
 
Categories. Anthropology & ArchaeologyCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
L’anse Amour Burial Mound image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2014
3. L’anse Amour Burial Mound
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2020. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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