Cramahe Archives Digital Collection
Gouge, possibly Late Archaic tradition, Lake Forest
Media Type
This gouge may date to 3000 to 300 B.C., a period which archaeologists refer to as a Late Archaic tradition known as Lake Forest. Aboriginal men used this tool to create wooden bowls, dugout canoes and framing for homes. The gouge itself was sculpted from a large stone, ground down to size, sharpened and polished. The gouge was found a kilometre inland from Lake Ontario, near Colborne. Unfortunately, these photos do not convey the high quality of surface finish and its black matte lustre.

Please see featured essays - An Ancient Aboriginal Adze and Gouge for additional photographs of this gouge.
Local identifier
Cramahe Township Public Library
Agency street/mail address:
6 King Street West
PO Box 190
Colborne, ON K0K 1S0
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Gouge, possibly Late Archaic tradition, Lake Forest