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Key Number: HS 14412
Site Name: Majorville Cairn and Medicine Wheel
Other Names:
Site Type: 1315 - Governmental: Monument, Cairn or Statue
1910 - Archaeological Site

Location

ATS Legal Description:
Twp Rge Mer
19 18 4


Address: Near Bassano in the County of Vulcan
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Town: Vulcan
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Architectural

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Exterior: N/A
Interior: N/A
Environment: N/A
Condition: Good. Only small portion of top vandalized, half of cairn scientifically excavated and most of the radiating lines and outer circle are still intact.
Alterations: The area included as designated was expanded in 1987.

Historical

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Usage: Usage Date:
N/A

Owner: Owner Date:
Province of Alberta
1980/04/03
Architect: N/A
Builder: N/A
Craftsman: N/A
History: Majorville Cairn is a Subgroup 6 medicine wheel consisting of a central cairn some 9 metres in diameter and 1.6 m high. It is surrounded by a more or less circular ring of cobbles about 27 metres in diameter. Twenty-six to 28 cobble rows or 'spokes' connect the cairn and circle. This feature is situated at the west edge of the current designation area in (LSD15-3, and LSD1 2-10-19-18W4M) are ten associated stone feature sites; EdPc-2, 73, 77, 78, 89, 90, 91, 92, and 94 which contain a total cobble rows bisecting the circle or pendant to the circle and probably represent ceremonial structures associated with rites related to Majorville Cairn. As well, it is possible that some features in this area form significant stellar alignments with the Majorville Cairn, although this remains unproven.
The area designated was expanded to the following description in July 1987: LSD 15, 16-Sec 2-Twp 19-Rg 18-W4; and LSD 1, 2-Sec 10-Twp 19-Rg 18-W4.

Internal

Status: Status Date:
signed)

Designation Status: Designation Date:
Provincial Historic Resource
1987/06/02
Register:
Record Information: Record Information Date:
K. Williams 1989/07/12

Links

Internet:
Alberta Register of Historic Places: 4665-0042
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