Near L'Anse-au-Loup in Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador — The Atlantic Provinces
L’Anse Amour Burial
Site funéraire de l’anse Amour
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.
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
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Location. 51° 28.792′ N, 56° 52.011′ W. Marker is near L'Anse-au-Loup, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Labrador. Marker is on L'Anse Amour Branch Road close to 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 NL 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 617 times since then and 65 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.