How do I know if I have found a real archaeological site or real artifacts? What should I do if I come across artifacts or an archaeological site?

Archaeological Sites and Artifacts

The Historic Resources Branch routinely examines sites and artifacts to determine their age, uniqueness and significance. Interested members of the public can bring artifacts to the Branch's office at 213 Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg for identification. In addition, Branch archaeologists examine private collections and/or sites throughout the province and offer assistance regarding the care and treatment of artifacts, as well as the preservation of archaeological sites. The Branch maintains Volunteer Regional Advisors throughout the province; these avocational archaeologists also examine sites and identify artifacts. Advisors know their local areas and are familiar with what sites and artifacts have been found previously, either by themselves or other collectors.

Procedures to Follow

The best procedure is to have a qualified archaeologist examine the artifacts or the site. The locations where heritage objects have been found should be accurately recorded, using the legal section, township, range, or parish and/or river lot number, so that these locations can be examined and entered into the Branch's inventory of heritage resource sites. If a site is in danger of being destroyed by either man-made or natural agents, the Branch should be notified immediately so that adequate steps can be taken to obtain as much information from the site as possible.

Download a copy of Provisions Regarding Found Human Remains (PDF)