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Archaeology - Droulers Site

  • An Archaeologically Unique Region

    With more than ten archaeological sites, three major villages and more than 243,000 uncovered artifacts, the region stands out and we are proud of it. We are able to count among our archaeological heritage an incomparable number of cultural treasures and it is with great pride that we invite you to come discover them yourself. 

    The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent has produced two books that can serve as reference tools for our region’s rich archaeological past: Saint-Anicet, un patrimoine archéologique si riche de notre région, and À la découverte du passé archéologieue de la MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent. The books are available free of charge at the MRC office. Downloadable versions are also available by clicking on the links below.

  • Site Droulers Saint Anicet Mrc Haut Saint Laurent

Droulers/tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site And Interpretation Centre

Around the year 1450, about 400 indigenous people established a village along the La Guerre River in what is now the municipality of Saint-Anicet. 500 years later, archaeological excavations have unearthed some 15,000 artifacts over an explored area of 13,000 square metres. They constitute the vestiges of the most significant Iroquoian village to date in Quebec. The heritage value of the Droulers/Tsiionhiakwatha archaeological site lies primarily in its anthropological and archaeological assets. 

The reconstruction of a 15th century Iroquoian village on the original site of the ancient village is unique to the region. Today, the fascinating history of the Iroquois is revived and individuals are able to experience the customs and habits of the first inhabitants of this region. 

The site also holds significant heritage value due to its location: it is a witness to the settlement practices used by the St. Lawrence Iroquoians. In addition, the site includes an interpretation centre with permanent exhibits as well as a life-size reconstruction of part of the Iroquoian village. It is an important venue for the dissemination of knowledge about Native American villages, the experimentation inherent in the Iroquoian way of life and the interpretation of the region’s native legacy. 

1800 Leahy Road
Saint-Anicet (Québec)  

Phone: 450 264-3030
Toll free: 1 866 690-3030
Off season: 450 264-5411 

www.sitedroulers.ca
www.patrimoine-culturel.gouv.qc.ca