Importance of the Droulers/Tsiionhiakwatha site

The Droulers/Tsiionhiakwatha site is one of the most important Iroquoian sites in Quebec, and it is considered to have been the foremost village in the region marked by the culture of the Saint-Anicet Iroquoians. Radiocarbon dating places the occupation of the site between 1450 and 1500 of our era. During this period, the cultivated land sometimes extended for as much as two kilometres beyond the village limits.

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The Droulers site has revealed numerous fragments of ceramic pots characterized by decorative collars that make these some of the finest domestic pottery discovered on Iroquoian sites. The appearance of pottery corresponded to changes in Amerindian food habits.Pots were used to cook cornmeal, which was an essential staple in the diet of all Iroquoian populations. Baked clay pipes usually have flarings, trumpet-shaped openings or easily packed bowls. The bowls are often decorated with various motifs, as well as with animal or human figurines. The stone objects discovered on village sites in the region include milling implements, axes and adzes. The last two tools were heavily used, since land had to be cleared before cultivated fields could be laid out.

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