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Nova Scotia has been home to Indigenous People for over 10,000 years.  They are known as the Mi’kmaq.

The two main river systems in Queens County, the Mersey and the Medway, have been used by the Mi’kmaq people for over 5000 years as they later made their way to southwest Nova Scotia. This is revealed by archaeological studies of the stone tools and camp site remnants found along our river beds and shores of the Mersey and the Medway.

Living along the coastline in the summer and further inland in the winter, hunting and fishing were the sustenance of life.  Much skill was used in making all their tools needed for daily life. Queens County Museum holds holds an extensive collection of  these lithic artifacts.

Our staff are here to walk you through the life of the Mi’kmaq people from then to now. Come on in … explore your way through the vast collection of stone tools and more …

Mi'kmaq Baskets
Mi’kmaq Baskets
Mi'kmaq Petroglyph Sun Snake Woman
Mi’kmaq Petroglyph Sun Snake Woman
Mi'kmaq Birch Bark Ocean Going Canoe made and owned by Mi'kmaq Artisan
Mi’kmaq Birch Bark Ocean Going Canoe made and owned by Mi’kmaq Artisan & Canoe Maker, Todd Labrador

Mi'kmaq Artifacts

Why would the Mi'kmaq have a Megalodon Tooth?
Mikmaq - Mmeglathon Tooth
Mi’kmaq – and a Meglathon Tooth (above)

Megalodon:  A shark-like dinosaur that lived approximately 2 to 16 million years ago.  While no complete fossil has been found this Cenozoic beast is estimated to be between 13 to 25 meters (40 and 80 feet) in length.  The most common Megalodon fossils are its teeth (pictured here).  Diagnostic characteristics include: triangular shape, robust structure, large size, fine serrations, and visible V-shaped neck. Megalodon teeth can measure over 180 millimeters (7.1 in) in slant height or diagonal length, and are the largest of any known shark species.

The large number of tooth fossils can be attributed to the fact that a Megalodon jaw contained 5 rows of teeth upper and lower.  This configuration enabled any broken teeth to be expelled and replaced quickly.

Why is a dinosaur fossil displayed in an aboriginal setting? Click the Answer tab to find out!