Elementary – 3rd cycle

Dig into archaeological diggings!

On one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites of the American Northeast, students will become familiar with the scientific method in archaeology by completing several steps, including the archaeological dig and the simplified analysis of their findings. They will realize that the archaeologist needs more scientific structure to achieve these arguments and results. (Geologists, biologists, zooarchaeologists, anthropologists, etc..) Students will be introduced to other scientific phenomena that comprise the site of Pointe-du-Buisson through experimental workshops. For example, they will be able to tell the difference between a fossil and an artifact and understand how unique is the environment in discovering unusual plant and animal species.

On the program:

  • Simulated archaeological digs;
  • Digging techniques;
  • Testing of prehistoric tools;
  • Exploration of ecological trails;
  • Artefact analysis ;
  • Thematic activities and games!

Educational Objectives

  • To introduce students to the world of archaeology and cultural lifestyles of the past;
  • To stimulate their imagination by questioning, having a scientific approach and by pooling of results;
  • To encourage cooperation between students through teamwork;
  • To create a stimulating environment, using both imagination and practice.

Developed Knowledge

  • Discover that Pointe-du-Buisson hosted the first credited searching school in Quebec and is one of the first places of prehistoric archaeological research in Quebec;
  • Understand that archaeology depends on several related sciences (geography, history, geology, biology) to be able to reconstitute lifestyles.
  • Discover, through handling of reconstituted tools, the main tasks performed daily during the prehistoric and contemporary history;
  • Learn the various documentary sources that researchers consult in their discoveries;
  • Discover the range of raised questions which the archaeologist attempts to answer through his research.

Targeted Knowledge

  • Learn, through practice, the work of the archaeologist;
  • Interpret behaviours of the past with the aid of artefacts;
  • Find links between today’s society and the prehistory in order to understand society better;
  • Establish links between the inhabited natural environment and the livelihoods that have been privileged to survive;
  • Witness the diversity of techniques and wonders related to the way of life during prehistoric times.

Group Rates

The MQA offers 2 free accesses for a group of 25 students.
2 hours visit: $9.50 $ / student
4 hours visit: $12.50 / student
Additionnal adult: $5.00