300-year-old Acadian village unearthed

Amateur historians on the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border can't believe their luck after discovering a 300-year-old village.

They've found the site of the old Acadian settlement of Beaubassin, originally built in 1671 on the Tantramar marshes. The discovery comes thanks to a 1950s photograph by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Bill Casey is the member of parliament for the Amherst area in northern Nova Scotia, and also a member of the Fort Lawrence Historical Association. He says the RCAF infrared photo was part of an aerial survey, which highlights the "charred remains" of the village of Beaubassin.

Casey says the Acadian village was once home to 22 families, and was burned in 1750 as the English advanced through Nova Scotia. He describes the photo as "invaluable," and says it shows 40 foundations of buildings in Beaubassin.

The MP says it's "fortunate there's been no development" on the site, and that Ottawa should move to buy the land to protect graves believed to be in the area and declare Beaubassin a historic site.