Indian Flint Bed, The

Some two miles west of here, on the shoreline of Lake Huron, are outcroppings of chert. Nodules of this material, released by ice and water erosion, provided the Indians with highly prized flint for their arrow points, spearheads and scrapers. Archaeological investigations in the area have disclosed numerous campsites where the nodules were fractured and chipped into desired forms. Carbon dating has indicated that these "workshops" were in existence some 2,700 years ago, and they continued in use until the advent of European trade goods in the first half of the 17th century, at which time the Neutral (Attiwandaron) Indians controlled this region.


In front of the water station in Ipperwash Provincial Park - 3 km north of Highway 21 on County Road 6

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Lambton

Municipality: Ipperwash Provincial Park