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Marpole Midden National Historic Site

First Nations archeological heritage

The excavation of this extensive midden by Charles Hill-Tout in 1892 stimulated archaeological study of other such prehistoric refuse heaps on the Pacific slope. Composed mainly of mollusk shells, the midden also contained stone and bone artefacts and skeletal remains of inhabitants of this early site, once at the mouth of the Fraser River. The culture evidenced here was present in the Fraser Delta from about 400 BC to AD 450 . Maritime orientation and wood-working skills of this Marpole phase culture also characterized later Northwest Coast cultures. By 1955 urban expansion obliterated midden remains.

Marpole Midden National Historic Site

73rd Avenue at Cartier St.
Vancouver, BC

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