Nova Scotia archaeologists say they may have unearthed fresh evidence of a long-sought-after 18th century British fortress under a lawn in this historic coastal city.
Halifax professor Henry Cary said historic records set off the hunt for a star-shaped or pentagonal fort that was marked on a 1753 plan of Lunenburg.
“It was one of the first defences built to defend the town in 1753 when the foreign Protestants were landed as part of the British (effort) to create a foothold in Nova Scotia,” Cary, adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University, said in an interview Monday.
The team credits a geophysical survey that spotted magnetic anomalies under the grass outside the Lunenburg Academy. Teams of continuing education archaeology students started digging over the past weekend based on the survey, and Cary said they uncovered a drain.
“We knew it was in the general area and we had done some geophysical survey of the property in 2013-14 and so we were working off the geophysical anomalies,” said Cary.