News and Recent Publications

Our discovery of a buried, vaulted chamber at Province House in Halifax has been featured by Archaeology Magazine and CBC

We now have a Facebook page! Check us out for images and fun facts from our recently completed projects, and sometimes from our ongoing work. 

Great news to start off 2018 - Courtney delivered a talk on the subject of our major 2016-2017 project, the relocation of the Halifax Methodist Cemetery. The evening's talk was very well-attended and well-received by all.

Check it out! Laura's extensive research on the Robertson Store, part of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, is now available for download as a Nova Scotia Museum Curatorial Report.

Our 2017 work on the Argyle & Grafton Streetscapes in downtown Halifax has received lots of attention. But we promise, despite many claims to the contrary there are no secret tunnels! Just plenty of sewers, and some blocked hatchways that were once used to take goods into the basements of shops from the street.

Possible discovery of mystery tunnel just a pipe dream (CBC)

Did a construction crew unearth one of Halifax's secret tunnels? (CTV)

‘Underground tunnel’ rumours fueled by discovery of old Halifax sewer line (Global)

In September 2016, Laura began a public dig program in association with Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia and the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, which has continued for a second season in 2017. She was joined by Courtney along with a team of five more archaeologist volunteers to run one of the largest public archaeology events in Atlantic Canada's history. Check out the news story below, or review the project at the Museum of Industry's website.


History surfaces at Stellarton archeology site


Dig near the Museum of Industry unearths local history

Stellarton archeological dig unearths industrial past

Courtney and Laura attended the 2015 Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, where they delivered papers on some recent projects.

One of Courtney's papers discussed the artifact collection from the Toby Site. Her second paper featured public engagement and the many advantages of working with Mi'kmaw crew and visitors to the historic Paq'tnkek 1 house site. Laura's paper discussed artifacts and features recovered from the same site. Sections of Courtney's talk, and photographs of the site and artifacts featured in Laura's talk, are available on the Paq'tnkek Interchange project page.

In 2014 and 2015, Laura conducted a public archaeology program at Shubie Park in Dartmouth, on the site of a canal worker's cottage. The small dig was packed with archaeology enthusiasts, particularly young children keen to make their first find.

Shubenacadie Park in Dartmouth unearthed by archaeology enthusiasts

Laura was featured in a 2015 episode of CBC Land & Sea - "Underground Halifax"! You can watch it here:

In the summer of 2014, we conducted an excavation of a historic Mi'kmaw house at the Paq'tnkek Mi'kmaw Nation. See more about the project in this great video produced by a Red Road youth video training workshop

Have you discovered something unexpected in the walls of your historic home? A shoe, a piece of clothing, or something else that surprised you? While clothing was sometimes used as insulation, these objects may also be related to a historic superstition dating back to medieval Europe, where shoes and worn clothing were sealed up in specific locations around the home to protect the household from negative influences or evil spirits. Laura de Boer has started to compile a provincial database of these finds for use in a future research project. If you have finds that you would like to report, please contact Laura at [email protected]. The following information is particularly useful: the type of find (shoe, garment, etc.), the location and approximate age of the house where it was found, and the location within the house.

Laura de Boer has been working with local heritage groups to record and analyze finds and features from inside the Charles Morris Office Building, also called the Morris House. Many Halifax natives will remember this building (Halifax's fourth oldest) for its "big move" in January of 2013 from the corner of Hollis and Morris all the way up to the corner of Charles and Creighton. 

Victorian clothing and other finds recovered from the Morris House, 2014:

CTV Coverage

CBC Coverage

The Chronicle Herald (Please note that this article contains an error - Laura is not a SMU professor, although the Saint Mary's Anthropology Department has generously provided storage and working space for analysis of these objects.)

Pictured above: A lady's brown or bronze silk bodice recovered from where it had been sealed inside the building.

Summer field work always brings in bags upon bags of artifacts for careful analysis and processing. 

Pictured: Courtney Glen discusses a stone biface with co-op students Travis Crowell and Irene Hart in the archaeology lab at Saint Mary's University, summer 2014.


A young friend of ours joined us for some artifact cleaning and cataloguing with our co-op students in the Saint Mary's University archaeology lab, summer 2014.

With renovations complete at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Halifax, DM&A assisted in updating the display cases in the Double Eagle Lounge. The displays feature artifacts excavated from the hotel site in 2005.

April MacIntyre and Courtney Glen contributed articles about two recent 2013 projects to the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology's (CNEHA) 2014 spring newsletter. You can read their articles and the other issues of the CNEHA newsletter here.

April MacIntyre contributed an article about Davis MacIntyre & Associates' work on a shipwreck in the Sydney Tar Ponds to the 2013 winter newsletter of the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society (NSAS). The newsletter and April's article can be found here.

For the 2013 Archaeology in Nova Scotia newsletter, produced annually by the Nova Scotia Museum, Travis Crowell and Courtney Glen wrote articles based on their work at Davis MacIntyre & Associates. You can read their articles and the entire newsletter here.

In November 2013, April MacIntyre's MA thesis was presented to the Waipu Museum in New Zealand. A hard copy of her thesis was given to the Museum by Ben Pentz, a fellow archaeologist working in Australia, who sailed on the Picton Castle from Australia to New Zealand. April's thesis examined the archaeology of Norman MacLeod's homestead in St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton. MacLeod was a Presbyterian Minister who lived in Pictou and St. Ann's Bay in the first half of the 19th century. MacLeod was minister to a group of Scottish immigrants, who became known as 'Normanites'. In the 1850s, MacLeod left St. Ann's Bay and immigrated to New Zealand, along with 800 Normanites, founding the community of Waipu.


Left: Ben Pentz presenting April MacIntyre's MA thesis to the Waipu Museum, New Zealand.

On October 8th, 2013, Davis MacIntyre & Associates was featured in an article on archaeology in the Yarmouth Vanguard. This article focused on a recent and exciting find in the Yarmouth region. The two page article can be found here and here.

For the 2013 field season, Travis Crowell, an anthropology student at Saint Mary's University joined DM&A as a co-op student. He ended his work term with great success and was even featured in a commercial for the Co-op Program, which currently airs on Global TV.

Davis MacIntyre & Associates was pleased to offer support and volunteer time to fellow archaeologist Sara Beanlands on her 2013 public archaeology project in Hants County, Nova Scotia. The "Thibodeau 2" site, which oral history has indicated was an Acadian homestead later used by the New England Planters, has been yielding a broad array of fascinating artifacts from the moment trowels hit the ground. Laura and Courtney were even joined by their family members for a great time digging up the past. See Global News for coverage of this exciting public archaeology project. 

Stephen Davis was honoured with the Canadian Archaeological Association's 2011 Smith-Wintemberg Award. This award is presented to a member of the Canadian archaeology community who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of archaeology in Canada or to the knowledge of Canada's archaeological record. 

Laura de Boer was featured in the the fall 2011 edition of Maroon and White, an alumni newsletter for Saint Mary's University.

In 2008, April MacInyre became a research associate with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax. She is working on creating a fully illustrated e-publication on eighteenth and nineteenth century artifacts from urban Halifax which is aimed at both professional and general audiences.


  • Glen, Courtney. 2014. Tusket Falls, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. In Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter, volume 87: March 2014.

  • MacIntyre, April. 2014. Wharf Road, Horton Landing, Kings County, Nova Scotia. In Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter, volume 87: March 2014.

  • MacIntyre, April. 2013. Archaeology in the Sydney Tar Ponds: A Story of Challenges and Success. In Newsletter of the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society, volume 25, no. 1: Winter 2013-2014.

  • Crowell, Travis. 2013. Experience in Co-op Archaeology. In Archaeology in Nova Scotia: 2012 News.

  • Glen, Courtney. 2013. South Canoe Wind Farm. In Archaeology in Nova Scotia: 2012 News.

  • Glen, Courtney. 2013. Archaeological Resource Impact Assessment, Mill Lake, 2012.  In Archaeology in Nova Scotia: 2012 News.

  • de Boer, Laura A. 2013. "The Robertson Building: An Archaeological and Archaeological Survey." Nova Scotia Museum Board of Directors Research Grant (Marine Heritage) Final Report. On file, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Museum of Natural History.

  • Davis, Stephen. 2011.   "Mi’kmakik Teloltipnik L’nuk-Saqiwe’k L’nuk: How Ancient People Lived in Mi’kma’ki.”  In Ta’n Wetapeksi’k: Understanding From Where We Come. Eastern Woodland Print Communications for The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq.

  • de Boer, Laura A. 2010. "The Archaeology of Standing Buildings in Halifax." In Underground Nova Scotia: Stories of Archaeology. Edited by Paul Erickson and Jonathan Fowler. Nimbus Publishing Limited, Halifax.
  • MacIntyre, April. 2010. Bailey Cemetery, Donkin, Nova Scotia. In Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter, Winter 2009-2010.
  • MacIntyre, April and Sara Beanlands. 2008. "History of Sale: The Treasure Trove Act in Nova Scotia. In Preprints of the 15th Triennial Meeting, New Delhi, 22-26 September 2008. Edited by Janet Bridgland. ICOM Committee for Conservation. New Delhi: Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd.