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Historicist: The Tabor Hill Ossuary

The bones of 500 First Nations people are found in a centuries-old Scarborough burial pit.

Discovery of the bones at Tabor Hill. Toronto Telegram, August 18, 1956.

On August 17, 1956, while levelling land to make way for a new subdivision, a power shovel ripped into the side of Tabor Hill, northeast of the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Bellamy Road. According to the next day’s Globe and Mail, “about 100 feet of earth were sliced from the hill before the shovel gouged out a pocket about four feet below the surface. The hole, about seven feet wide and one foot deep, was crammed with bones.” The shovel had uncovered a centuries-old burial pit, one of the earliest ossuary sites in Ontario.

Keep reading: Historicist: The Tabor Hill Ossuary

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