Archaeology in Montréal


There are more than 230 recorded archaeological sites on the Island of Montréal. As do other major urban centres around the world, Ville de Montréal recognizes the importance of preserving its heritage. When undertaking any construction or renovation work on public spaces, the City ensures the protection and enhancement of its heritage by planning archeological studies and investigations before any work begins. These efforts help broaden knowledge about Montréal’s past and, occasionally, reveal items of archaeological interest.


Consult the Archaeology Heritage website (in French)


The Réserve houses Ville de Montréal’s archaeological collections

Montréal’s rich archaeological holdings consist of more than 200 collections of objects unearthed from prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. These vestiges of the past stand as testimony to human activity, from prehistoric rock quarrying to domestic work, agricultural, military, commercial and industrial activities. Objects at the Réserve are stored in accordance with museum conservation standards. The facility features a reference collection, which is accessible to researchers, of over 7,500 objects, the oldest of which dates back more than 4,000 years. 

To discover The Réserve :


Patrimoine archéologique de Montréal series

Results of archaeological searches undertaken by the city can be found in Patrimoine archéologique de Montréal, a series of books in French only, written by experts in the field.

The books are available at the Grande Bibliothèque, Ville de Montréal’s archives, the offices of Ville de Montréal’s Service de la culture and at the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

Discover the collection on the Archaeological Heritage website (in French)