Bon-Secours Under Investigation

When Technology Uncovers the Past

MONTREAL, June 2, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - All summer long, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum invites you to enjoy an intriguing adventure as you explore the Bon-Secours site and its history and secrets. The special 30-minute tour will explain the techniques archaeologists traditionally use, but will focus especially on the new technologies available to them that allow them to learn as much as possible from the site they are investigating.

Archaeological digs were initially conducted on the Bon-Secours site in 1996-1997, unearthing the structure of Montréal's very first pilgrimage chapel, built at the urging of Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1678. Highly valuable remains from the French, British and Native periods were also found at that time. Although those first digs were very productive, they remained incomplete. The lack of time and resources made it impossible to explore the nave of the old chapel. Historians and archaeologists were naturally curious about what might lie beneath the surface.

In February 2015, archaeologists began excavating the Bon-Secours site once again, with the firm intention of solving some mysteries. Their work added considerably to our knowledge and understanding of the site and its past.

Have you ever heard of laserometry and remote sensing by ground-penetrating radar? Would you like to know more? Then don't miss the 2015 discovery tour. It's perfect for archaeology and history buffs!

At the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
June 2 to August 30
Tuesday to Sunday afternoons
September and October
Saturday and Sunday afternoons 

This project was carried out under the Agreement on the cultural development of Montréal.


SOURCE Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys

For further information: Line Richer, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Tel. : 514-282-8670, #223 /


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