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Accession number: P987.65.14
Date: 1672 – 1756
Materials: Stoneware (?)
Measurements: 6.4 cm W x 5.5 cm H x 0.6 cm ThickMeasurements taken at the widest, highest, thickest point.
Marks/Label: Labelled Beaubassin 2b in black lettering on a red painted background on the inside edge of fragment.
Narrative: One of 14 archaeological objects collected by Harcourt L. Cameron, a geology professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Harcourt was born in 1912 and died on October 3, 1965. These objects were a gift to Kings County Museum in June 1987 from an unknown donor. Acadia University has Harcourt's publications and some correspondance related to his geology work. He published articles on geology, archaeology, photogrammetry, and Nova Scotia historic sites. Sable Island, sometimes called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" and Grand Pre were two of his areas of interest. There are 5 objects of each of Sable Island and Beaubassin, 2 from Fort Lawrence, and 1 from each of Barrachois Narrows and the Habitation (Port Royal).
Description: Decorative pottery fragment with a base of shiny, gray glaze inside and out.  Outside has flower design with black and blue markings and a blue band near the top.  Some etched lines and raised markings show flower shapes.  Design and painting strongly suggest it was done by hand.  It is possibly Rhenish (Rhine Valley) with this design known to have been made between 1575 and 1775 in Germany.

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