The Delfosse-Allard site represents a campsite/village site. The site was first identified in 1906 and additional investigations took place in the late 1970s. The WIS 57 investigations produced artifacts from cultural developments and time periods including:
• Late Woodland
• Historic Euro-American
Archaeological investigations began at the Delfosse-Allard site in 1993 and continued periodically until the fall of 2003. The site is situated on the southern terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the Red River. These excavations uncovered over 82 features that represent evidence for storage pits, houses, and fireplaces as well as 8,851 artifacts.
|Overview photo of excavtion of test unit||Partially excavated feature|
Material Culture at the Delfosse-Allard Site
The Archaic component produced a variety of items that suggest use of the site as a hunting and gathering camp. Artifacts were recovered from a depth of 50-60 cm below the existing ground surface.
Cultural material excavated from the Late Woodland component suggests that people were living in this protected area during the winter months.
A trade bead recovered from archaeological investigations tells us that Historic Period Indians were living at the site. Corn from the site was radiocarbon dated to the Middle Historic Period (A.D. 1670-1760)