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Follow the trail of archeological evidence left behind by Samuel de Champlain and the First Peoples he met as he explored this land. 

Families and history enthusiasts will enjoy these two 30-minutes lectures in which Museum of Civilization archeologists take you on voyage of discovery in Samuel de Champlain’s footsteps. These talks are offered as part of Archéo-Québec’s Archeology Month.

Jean-Luc Pilon: Since the Dawn of Time – Face to Face with Champlain
10 a.m. (in French)
12 p.m. (in English)

On June 4, 1613, Samuel de Champlain set foot on the ground where the Canadian Museum of Civilization now stands. It was one of many stops in his historical journey along the Ottawa River. The explorer bequeathed to us the earliest written descriptions of the people and the rich cultures he encountered along the way. But there is much to learn as well from ancient artifacts. In this presentation, Jean-Luc Pilon will reveal archeological evidence that sheds light on the Anishinabeg (Algonquin) ancestors who welcomed Champlain into their midst four centuries ago — evidence often found right under our own feet.


Yves Monette: The Archeology of Samuel de Champlain
11 a.m.  (in English)
1 p.m. (in French)

Many amateur and professional archeologists have searched for traces of Samuel de Champlain since the end of the eighteenth century, and their work has uncovered many clues to the French explorer’s travels in Acadia and New France. Yves Monette will set the scene during Champlain’s brief sojourns to St. Croix Island(Maine / N.B.) and Port Royal (Annapolis County, N.S.) in 1604–1605. Then, he takes us to Québec as Champlain settles l’Habitation (Québec City) in 1608–1632, nearby Fort Saint-Louis (1620–1635) and la Petite ferme de Cap-Tourmente in the Charlevoix region (1626–1628). 

Image: CMC, IMG2008-0005-0001-Dm 

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