Nodwell Indian Village Site, The

This important Iroquoian village site was discovered about 1900, and named after the family which then owned the property. Subsequent archaeological examinations have uncovered a mid-14th century village, consisting of twelve loghouses, from 42 to 139 feet in length, protected by a double palisade. It was probably occupied for about 10 to 20 years by a group of some 500 people who were predecessors of the Huron and Petun Indians. Although primarily farmers who grew corn, tobacco and probably pumpkins and sunflowers, they also engaged in considerable fishing and hunting. A large number of artifacts have been retrieved from this site, including fragments of pottery cooking vessels, smoking pipes, arrowheads, adzes, awls and netting needles.


At the former village site, High and Market Streets, Port Elgin

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Bruce

Municipality: Town of Saugeen Shores