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Albertans encouraged to “Report a Find” to share discoveries

Albertans can play a vital role in protecting valuable historic resources by sharing their discoveries through the Government of Alberta’s “Report a Find” program. 

Uncovering Alberta history

The severe flooding in southern Alberta in 2013 exposed many previously unknown archaeological and palaeontological sites. The Report a Find program has been launched to help Albertans report the location and details of their discoveries to archaeologists and palaeontologists with Alberta Culture and Tourism. 

A dedicated phone line and website have been established to make reporting easy. A number of important finds have already been reported by the public, including the remains of an ancient buffalo jump along the Bow River just southeast of Calgary, and a fossil dinosaur skull, neck and chest found by anglers in the Castle River.

“The artifacts and fossils uncovered by flooding in southern Alberta in 2013 are an important part of the historical record and help to bring our past to life. The Report a Find program will allow Albertans to have their discoveries verified by archaeologists and palaeontologists and help us to conserve these valuable resources for the benefit of all Albertans today and into the future.”

David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Albertans can report their finds by visiting the Report a Find website or by calling 780-438-8506 (toll free by dialing 310-0000) and providing the following information:

  • Object(s) found (please provide .JPG images if possible)
  • Location (GPS coordinates, legal land description, permanent landmark or image of map)
  • Phone number (optional)
  • Name, organization, institution or corporate affiliation (optional)

The Report a Find program is part of Alberta Culture and Tourism’s three-year plan to address impacts of the 2013 southern Alberta flooding.  Throughout the summer, archaeologists and palaeontologists will be exploring along river banks and areas impacted by flooding in an effort to identify, preserve and protect these archaeological and palaeontological treasures. 


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