The Humboldt and District Museum announced that the University of Saskatchewan Archaeology Field School has chosen Original Humboldt for an archaeological dig this summer. 

Original Humboldt is approximately 10 km west of Humboldt, and it’s not actually where the City of Humboldt got its start, although it did give the city its name In the 1840s, the land was part of the Carlton Trail, the overland freighting route from Winnipeg to Edmonton. The name “Humboldt” came from the Telegraph Station that was built here in the 1870s, as part of the Dominion Telegraph line, and this line played a crucial role in the 1885 Northwest Resistance. 

The land at Original Humboldt connects such historical themes as transportation, communication, conflict, and human settlement in this region - and the archaeological digs that have taken place over the years help to tell these stories. 

University of Saskatchewan Archaeology Professor, Dr. Glenn Stuart, will be giving a talk about the history of the land at Original Humboldt, how what is lying beneath the surface can help us learn more about what happened there years ago, and what he still hopes to find! 

This free talk will take place at the Museum at 7pm on Thursday, May 23. Attendees can learn more about the history of Original Humboldt and see some of the pieces that have been excavated there and what they can teach us about the past. 

Dr. Glenn Stuart is an environmental archaeologist who studies the interaction between people and their environments through analysis of artifacts and botanical remains. Currently, he and his students are conducting community-based research at various locations in north-central Saskatchewan, northern Alberta, and on the coast of British Columbia.