Mi’kmawey Debert National Historic Site

The Debert ‘Paleo-Indian’ site, more properly referred to as Mi’kmawey Debert, is one of the most significant indigenous archeological sites in North America. The site dates back to approximately 11,000 years before present, a time when the last vestiges of glaciers were waning from highland areas of Nova Scotia. Debert Mi’kmawey represents the earliest human settlement in eastern North America.

Age: Quaternary (circa 10,000 years ago)
Directions: From Exit 13 on Highway 104, take MacElmon Road east 1.5 km towards Debert, keeping left as it merges with Plains Road.
GPS Coordinates: 45.413249, -63.426789


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