Saskatoon archaeologists have discovered the likely remains of the SS City of Medicine Hat deep beneath the shore of the South Saskatchewan River more than a century after it struck the newly built Traffic Bridge and capsized.
More than 1,000 artifacts from the historic wreckage, announced by the City of Saskatoon Thursday morning, were brought up in August by a crew drilling eight metres below the ground during load testing of the Traffic Bridge, which is being demolished and replaced with a new structure.
“I’ve been an archaeologist for 33 years and the thrill of discovery never gets any less,” said Butch Amundson, the senior archeologist with Stantec Consulting and the man at the centre of the find.
“We were just ecstatic that we found it.” Read more.
REGINA — Somewhere along the South Saskatchewan River, lying beneath whispering prairie grass, is a secret aboriginal burial ground owned and operated by the provincial government.
The historic remains of nearly 200 unidentified aboriginals have been reunited with Mother Earth here during the last 14 years.
Not many people know about the remote spot and the province isn’t putting it on any tourist maps, says Carlos Germann, director of Saskatchewan’s heritage conservation branch.
“There’s a certain level of confidentiality that has to be maintained here,” he says. “This is considered a very sacred burial ground to First Nations, unique in that it accommodates all different tribal affiliations.”
Germann says it’s the only one like it in the country. Read more.