|Corner of Ochterloney Street and Victoria Road, May 7th, 2014.|
I am greatly concerned that there isn't a discussion of the archaeology in the ground on the site actually being developed (as opposed to examining the relationship to neighbouring sites). Clearly (just from looking from the sidewalk), there were several levels of historic occupation on this site. In my opinion, there should be an archaeologist on hand to examine the disruption of an area of high archaeological potential. Before I get ahead of myself, let me explain why this corner lot is worth monitoring/protecting:
In the 1750s, the town plot of Dartmouth, set out by surveyor Charles Morris (http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/morris_charles_1711_81_4E.html), extended all the way from the water (Water Street, modern-day Alderney Drive) to Victoria Road and from North Street to Portland Street (Front Street). The town, with a perimeter of about 3/4 of a mile, was surrounded by a wooden palisade and four or five blockhouses. Today's torn-up lot would fall within this boundary, which includes it in the oldest part of one of the oldest communities in the country! Surely, it is worthy of an archaeological survey. Stay tuned for more information on this intriguing property.