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Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 15

Report of the 1972 Archaeological Excavations of the Market Shoal Tower, Kingston, Ontario

by Donald A. Harris


Archaeological excavations were conducted on the Market Shoal Martello tower during the month of February, 1972. These excavations uncovered the ground floor of the tower and exposed the No. 1 ordnance store, No. 2 ordnance store, the powder magazine, the barracks store and the commissariat. Most of the structural material remaining in these rooms was flooring. Sections of the second level were also excavated including one window, the roof of the powder magazine, the boiler and the vault above the No. 2 ordnance store. A latrine was excavated on the gun platform and a small quantity of mid-19th-century artifacts was collected from the site.

Submitted for publication 1973 by Donald A. Harris, National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Ottawa

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