Quebec archeology is highlighted at the POP Museum as part of the exhibition Fragments of humanity – Archeology of Quebec produced by Pointe-à-Callière, City of Archeology and History of Montreal.
This traveling exhibition is the first to exclusively highlight the archeology of Quebec.
The exhibition is divided into four themes linked to archeology: a thousand-year-old history or prehistoric archeology, a land of exchange and commerce, daily chronicles and underwater archeology.
More than 200 pieces are presented to celebrate 50 years of archaeological discoveries in Quebec.
“With these artefacts, we try to tell surprising, touching and memorable stories to promote our heritage,” said Francine Lelièvre, Executive Director of the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, in a letter.
Fragments of humanity – Archeology of Quebec traces the life of the first populations to have occupied the territory and sheds light on the exchanges between the French and the Amerindians, but also on the other European communities who visited Quebec in the 16the century.
It also presents how people lived in 18e century, particularly with regard to food, tableware and hygiene. Small toys from the time have also been discovered during archaeological research.
Did you know?
There are 10,000 archaeological sites in Quebec.
Underwater archaeological discoveries complete the exhibition. Under very dim lighting to preserve the integrity of the artefacts, we learn more about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and the Elizabeth And Mary. Visitors will get a close look at a wooden and brass sword hilt, a period officer’s shoe, a wooden rifle butt, and even a porthole from the wreck of the Empress of Ireland.
“The pieces in the exhibition require special conditions. For example, in the display cases there is silica gel to prevent deterioration of archaeological pieces. We also greatly reduced the light intensity in the section on underwater archeology, because these pieces were not exposed to light, being in the bottom of the water, so the light deteriorates them more quickly. You really have to pay particular attention to light sources, temperature and humidity to preserve artefacts, ”explains Dominic Ouellet, exhibition manager at the POP Museum.
The exhibition also includes an animated visit, intended for the 2nd and 3rd cycles of elementary school, entitled “So small but so important ”. Using fun activities, students will learn more about the work of an archaeologist and the importance of these finds for the history of Quebec.
The exhibition Fragments of humanity – Archeology of Quebec is on display at the POP Museum until March 14, 2021.