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The archeological project at Halifax's Little Dutch Church is
being conducted according to Nova Scotia's Special Places
Protection Act, says Bob Ogilvie, the Nova Scotia Museum's
curator of special places.

The Little Dutch Church is the second oldest building in Halifax
and may be the oldest Lutheran church in North America. The
church requires major repairs, particularly to the foundation.
Burials have taken place at the site since the 1750's.

The Special Places Protection Act provides for the regulation of
the study of archeological and historical remains which are
considered an important part of the heritage of the province. The
Nova Scotia Museum requires that the area be subjected to an
archeological assessment to ensure that no evidence is destroyed
during construction related activities.

Under a permit issued in accordance with the provisions of the
Special Places Protection Act, archeologists Laird Niven and Paul
Williams will conduct a survey on behalf of the German Canadian
Association of Nova Scotia and the Parish of St. George's.
Forensic study on the human remains will be conducted at the
archeology laboratory at Saint Mary's University. Re-interment
will occur at a later date.


Contact: Joan Waldron  902-424-7398

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