Archaeological interventions in fortified Montreal
September (Date and hour to be determined)
.The Fleury-Mesplet park is part of one of the archaeological sites of multiple occupation in Old-Montreal. Aside from the attested military presence of indigenous people with the traces found near its proximity, the site is occupied by the Bonsecours suburd, a small agglomeration outside of the wooden palisade of during the first quarter of the 18th century, Then, in 1736, the fortification is built directly on site (It cut the park in two halves east/west). Its destruction in the 19th century allows the integration of the street des Commissaires (De la Commune) and in 1829 the construction of the magasin des Commissaires which was used as a supply space by the British army.
It is the presence the vestiges of fortification outside the eastern extremity of old Montreal which becomes the key element to plan the future concept of development for the park and planned for 2020. The site with its elongated form, constitute in some way a door of access to heritage and interpretation of the fortifications and could be used as a starting point for a pedestrian trail dedicated to fortified Montreal.
The visit will put light on fortified Montreal with the explanation of updated architectural vestiges in this portion of the old town and also on the presentation of different strata’s of occupation unveiled during the digs
It will allow you to perceive the unquestionable role of archaeology in urban planning. A great collaboration between the Ville-Marie precinct and the division of heritage of Montreal city. The archaeological expert firm taken to do the intervention is Ethnoscop inc.