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A tribute – Gazette

by ahnationtalk on May 14, 2019158 Views

Dr. Jim Tuck a driving force behind N.L.’s most significant historic sites

May 14, 2019

By all accounts, the archaeologist Dr. Jim Tuck, who died suddenly on May 10, was a giant of a man.

The driving force behind Newfoundland and Labrador’s most significant archaeological sites, including Red Bay, Labrador, Port au Choix on the Great Northern Peninsula and the Colony of Avalon in Ferryland, Dr. Tuck was born and grew up in New York state. He attended Syracuse University, where he received a PhD in anthropology in 1968.

The first archaeologist hired at Memorial, he began his career as an assistant professor in 1967. His early work was essential in establishing the pre-contact history of Indigenous Peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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