Dr. Derek Wilton
February 13, 2018
Dr. Derek Wilton, professor, Department of Earth Sciences, has authored a paper in Ramah Chert: A Lithic Odyssey. The book, edited by Jenneth Curtis and Pierre M. Derosiers, was published based on a Park’s Canada-sponsored symposium in 2011. The odyssey of Ramah chert has captured the attention of archaeologists throughout Northeastern North America. This book takes readers on a journey over thousands of kilometres, providing a collection of detailed studies on varied aspects of this lithic raw material. The contribution of numerous experts cover topics ranging from the geological context and geochemical characterization of the raw material to analyses of the quarries and the use of Ramah chert by Indigenous Peoples in North America. It is the result of a collaboration between Avataq Cultural Institute and the Parks Canada Agency. This publication follows the designation of kitjigattalik – Ramah Chert Quarries as a National Historic Site of Canada based on a collaborative process that also included the Nunatsiavut Government.