A Story Told by Landscape
Prehistoric archaeology in Quebec offers a way of uncovering traces
of the past that are often hidden beneath the surface. Researchers
seek to understand the customs and lifeways of the men, women and
children who once lived in this territory and adapted to various
natural surroundings and social contexts in order to survive. Discovering
the roots of these early populations means travelling back in time
and being attentive to the stories recounted by the landscape.
For over 10 000 years, groups of people – some nomadic, some
sedentary – have occupied this territory and lived off its
resources. But evidence of this occupation by these ancestors of
the First Peoples is today concealed by both the natural and human
The objects found in archaeological excavations are studied by specialists
who use various techniques to find answers to certain questions.
Tiny, but culturally significant artifacts are sometimes painstakingly
analysed. In some cases, the answers to archaeologists’ questions
can be read in the landscape itself, for example, where there are
sand terraces, sheltered coves and ocean upswellings. Certain gaps
in our knowledge can be filled by archival documents and oral tradition.
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