Baie-des-Chaleurs: its History and its Treasures

Three Talks to Mark Archaeology Month

POINTE-À-LA-CROIX (Quebec), July 30, 2013 – During Archaeology Month, the Société historique Machault and the Université d’été en patrimoine of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) will give three talks at the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site in Pointe-à-la-Croix on Sunday, August 4 and 18.

Archaeological excavations Archaeological excavations in 2009
Photo: Société historique Machault

Interested in archaeology?

From 2008-2012, the Société historique Machault carried out archaeological excavations in the area of Pointe-à-la-Croix. The aim of the excavations was to locate the Acadian village of Petite-Rochelle and to confirm (or disprove) the presence of structural remains associated with a French gun battery at Pointe-à-la-Batterie. The most recent excavations, in 2012, seem to have located traces of the battery for the very first time.

Michel Goudreau, President of the Société historique Machault, will give two talks for the general public on the fascinating findings of the four archaeological field seasons. Among other things, he will discuss the artifacts unearthed on land that bear witness to the Battle of the Restigouche and to the presence of Acadians in the region in 1760. He will also answer the famous question of what to do when you find artifacts by accident. The talks will be held on August 4 and 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Interested in history?

The goal of the Université d’été en patrimoine is to familiarize college and university students with various aspects of heritage. To that end, it offers conferences, training workshops and guided tours led by teachers, researchers, cultural professionals and heritage specialists. The university will hold a talk for the general public on August 18, at 10:30 a.m. During the talk, entitled “La Baie-des-Chaleurs, d’hier à aujourd’hui”, Gaspé historian Pascal Alain will recount the fascinating history of the region’s settlement and draw a portrait of the families that put down roots in Baie-des-Chaleurs.

Please note that entrance fees to the historic site apply for all of the talks ($3.90 for adults, $1.90 for children) and include access to the site for the whole day, as well as to the exhibitions.

The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site is situated at the mouth of the Restigouche River, on the actual site of the last naval battle between France and Great Britain for the possession of North America in 1760. This little-known episode in our history, which took place right here on the Gaspé Peninsula, sealed the fate of New France once and for all