Fragment of a European Bellarmine Jug

A fragment of European ballamine ceramic that was excavated at Hare Harbor in Quebec, Canada in 2011
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center

A 2011 excavation led by the Arctic Studies Center uncovered this fragment of decorated European stoneware called a bellarmine jug. Uncovering this fragment, that was likely manufactured in the 15th and 16th centuries, reveals information about European trade and influence in the Hare Harbor whaling community.

Learn more about what has been uncovered at Hare Harbor and how it has helped scientists understand the relationship between Inuit peoples of Northern Canada and Basque whalers of France and Spain in the 16th century.