Explore 50 years of archaeological discoveries in Quebec. This exhibition brings together some 210 exceptional pieces, many of which are being displayed for the first time. It highlights the rich and varied archaeological collections of Quebec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications, Pointe-à-Callière and Parks Canada, as well as other important collections. Discovered underground or underwater, the fragments of humanity it presents tell stories that reveal different aspects of our history.
A travelling exhibition developed by Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, and with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Dugout canoe, dated from the 15h century, restored after sitting 500 years underwater. It was carved out of a white pine between 1370 and 1510, that is, during the period preceding the arrival of the first Europeans in Quebec.
These glass trade beads of various shapes, colours, and origins were exchanged on every trade network in the European colonies, and were highly prized among the First Peoples; they were used in combination with shell beads the natives were already making and using.
Shaving bowlLaboratoire et Réserve d’archéologie du Québec, MCC
Among the artefacts recovered from the Machault were 232 pairs of shoes like this one… never worn. As tanned leather remains much better preserved than untreated hides, archaeologists sometimes find complete pairs of shoes on their dig sites.