Last updated November 11, 2021

Montréal has a very rich archaeological heritage. Here are the different initiatives implemented to ensure its protection, management and interpretation.

Protect and interpret archaeological heritage

One of our priorities is to preserve our heritage despite the perpetual transformation the city faces. That’s why, when planning projects, we include actions to appropriately ensure the protection, management and interpretation of archaeological heritage. These actions include a variety of activities that recognize the requirements and constraints related to urban development: 

  • Archaeological potential studies
  • Inventories
  • Archaeological excavations
  • Analyses
  • Publications and in situ artifact interpretation projects

A YouTube channel devoted to archaeology

We offer a series of short videos (In French) on archaeological research in Montréal. The videos present some of the city’s buried heritage.

Patrimoine archéologique de Montréal publications

This series makes available previously unpublished reports on the results of archaeological work undertaken by the municipal administration within city limits.

A variety of documents, including historical studies, potential studies, archaeological inventories and excavations, analyses of material culture have been compiled by specialists in various disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, history, geomorphology and architecture.


The most recent publication is Lumières sous la ville : quand l’archéologie raconte Montréal. It is available at the Grande bibliothèque, as is the rest of the collection.


Explore the collection (In French)

Couverture du livre Lumières sous la ville : quand l'archéologie raconte Montréal

Our contribution to the Bibliothèque numérique en archéologie

More than 900 references on Montréal’s archaeological heritage are available via the Bibliothèque numérique en archéologie (in French). Most of this research was produced by anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnologists, geomorphologists, geographers and historians for a variety of organizations and developers involved in the protection and interpretation of archaeological heritage.

You can consult and download documents for research purposes or personal study from this digital library. Documents, slides and negatives, as well as maps, are available. Note thatregistration is required for access.

Other ressources

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