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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada



MARCH 12, 1985

(Fortress of Louisbourg
Report H F 25 1985 01)



42. 1 & 3 February 1978 - Fence & Gates between De ]a Vallière & De la Plagne Houses

a) Archaeological Information

i) trench along street line between the two buildings

- definite traces of  piquets

- piquets centered 12 to 15 cm. on [sic]

- 30-50 cm. deep

- ribband: small traces at base of piquets on street side

- stones: apparently piled up along the garden side

ii) Cross trenches (possible braces but no wood found and rather short for effective bracing)

- ± 1.5 m. long except one at ± 4.0 m.

- irregular spacing of cross trenches, varying from 70 cm. to 2.3 m. centre to centre (possibly indicates successive fences)

- majority approximately 2.0 m. apart

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b) Design Proposals

i) De la Plagne

- diameter: - 6" diameter

- spacing: - 6" c.c.

- height: 8" high

- ribbands: top and bottom

- bracing: every other as found trench, i.e. 11 to 12 feet

- capping: sloping boards on top of piquets

- fill: saplings nailed between piquets from ground view to below capping, to cut wind and view

 ii) Fence between the properties

- piquets: loosely spaced

- diameter: 4-5 pouces

- height: 4 pieds 6 pouces high

iii) De la Vallière 

- somewhat like above but no capping, fill or bracing 

iv) Nailing Procedures 

- piquets sometimes pull away from ribband to reveal modern spikes 

- Period nails recommended for fences

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