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2016 – The Archaeological Finds

The first archaeological survey carried at Parc nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes led to the discovery of 419 artifacts, found in the park’s pine grove, upshore from the St-Lawrence estuary.

Archaeologists working through trees

The pine grove where the finds were made, 2016

Map locating the discovery area on Pointe et Pointe-aux-Outardes in eastern Quebec

Situation of the potential zone at Pointe-aux-Outardes


These discoveries were mainly associated with an eurocanadian occupation. Facing the sites, on the beach, were also found three structures of wooden poles. They are most probably the remnants of ancient weir fisheries, which were fish traps of common use in Eastern Quebec until the beginning of the twentieth century.

The remains of an old fishing weir situated in the intertidal zone

An ancient weir fishery at the point


A few small red stone flakes were also found, suggesting that First People had visited this place and knapped stone. But the moment of their presence still could not be dated.

The most interesting artifacts came from a pit dug by Mrs Vanessa Copeau-Collard. They are sherds of various European containers. They include food stockage plates and service plates, like plates and bowls. One of these bears the name of its British manufacturer, Powell & Bishop, which operated from 1876 to 1878. Among other finds are cut nails, sherds of mould-blown glass, the foot of a porcelain doll and glass sherds.

remains of white ceramic in the ground

Sherds of a ceramic plate bearing the name of its fabricant, 2016

Three yellowish ceramic shards

Sherds of various ceramic plates, 2016

Edge of plate with moulded inscriptions

Rim sherd of a plate with incomplete inscription, 2016


This collection was a testimony that one or a few families had lived in this vicinity from the 1800s, most probably until the beginning of the 1900s. Nails and glass sherds suggest that their dwellings were not very far from the location of the finds.

Archeo-Mamu Côte-Nord 2020