High School – 1st cycle

The archaeological adventure

Led by experienced guides, students will become familiar with the steps of the scientific method in archaeology, including archaeological digs. Thus, by recreating scientific actions, they will issue their own assumptions and understand how archaeologists are able to reconstruct the history. They will realize that human action lead to significant changes through time and that its legacy is apparent in today’s society. This authentic experience will allow them to communicate using the same language scientists use and will give them tools to which will contribute to the learning in their everyday lives. They will realize that archaeology is a science that allows us to appreciate the legacy our ancestors have left in historical time as well as in prehistorical time.

On the program:

  • Laboratory experiments;
  • Field exploration;
  • Reconstitution of prehistoric tools;
  • Exploration of a authentic scientific site;
  • Demystification of the profession of archaeologist and paleontologist through interactive workshops 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