Haudenosaunee artifacts uncovered in Montreal

MONTREAL — In a published article by CTV News last Sunday, it was revealed that Haudenosaunee artifacts from the fourteenth century were uncovered by archeologists at a site where digging has been underway since 2016.

Thousands of artifacts have been found through an excavation at Peel and Sherbrooke Streets, as Archaeologist Roland Tremblay explained that six out of 10 of the radio carbon dates show that the artifacts are from around 1375.

The archaeologists found mainly pottery and ceramics including cooking vessels and pipes, but also found a beluga whale tooth. The tooth is believed to have come from relatives of the Haudenosaunee down the St. Lawrence River nearing Quebec City.

This is also not the first time that artifacts have been found at the site as it was excavated once before in 1859.

Former elected council Chief of Kahnawake Christine Zachary Deom told CTv News that the findings coincide with the oral history that the Mohawks have been present all the way through.

“It just actually means to me that the things that I heard as a child, the oral tradition is there and it’s alive and well,” she said.

The City of Montreal is also offering interested members of the Mohawk community with archaeological training to be a part of future digs.

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