Near L'Anse-au-Loup in Division No. 10, Newfoundland and Labrador (Labrad, Newfoundland and Labrador — The Canadian Atlantic
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 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.
Location. 51° 28.792′ N, 56° 52.011′ W. Marker is near L'Anse-au-Loup, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 10, Newfoundland and Labrador (Labrad. 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.
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.
Also see . . . L'Anse Amour Site - The Canadian Encyclopedia. After it was excavated in 1974, the burial mound was restored to its original shape and people can now visit the site. The importance of L'Anse Amour Burial was recognized in 1978, when it was made a National Historic Site. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.