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Carving not an artifact – Castanet.net

by ahnationtalk on February 2, 202138 Views

Feb 2, 2021

Authenticity of stone carving at Royal B.C. Museum questioned

The chief of a First Nation says he has the assurance of the Royal B.C. Museum that steps will be taken to determine how a carved stone pillar was deemed an Indigenous artifact perhaps dating back to the 1800s before a local man claimed it as his creation.

Ron Sam, chief of the Songhees First Nation, said in an interview he spoke with museum CEO Jack Lohman about the pillar that was found covered in algae last July along a beach below Beacon Hill Park in Victoria.

In a statement, Lohman said the museum’s Indigenous collections and repatriation department has been working closely with both the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations to review and update its policies and procedures, “particularly with respect to historic works that surface or are excavated as part of local development projects.”

Read More: https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/323778/Authenticity-of-stone-carving-at-Royal-B-C-Museum-questioned

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