2009 internship — The 2009 Archaeological Field School: my experience
“The 2009 Archaeological Field School in Old Montréal was my first “real” archaeology experience. A practical experience, I mean, because I already had two years of course work in anthropology under my belt. It was time to put it all into practice and not just anywhere: it would be on Montréal’s birthplace. My internship was a practical initiation in historical archaeology digs.”
2008 internship — Pointe-à-Callière's Archaeological Field School, An Unforgettable Experience!
“How can I describe my time at Pointe-à-Callière? Fun? Sensational? Fantastic? Exceptional? In fact, my internship at the Archaeological Field School was all that and more.”
2007 internship — My Internship in Historical Archaeology at Pointe-à-Callière
“I’ve always been interested in history, but especially in the stories of forgotten historical figures. While we study major events in the past, we tend to pay little attention to the daily lives of the everyday people who shaped events. It was this interest in the human side of history that convinced me to choose anthropology. This fall, after three years of studies, I will be starting a master’s degree in bioarchaeology.”
2006 internship — A student describes her experience
“Ever since I was a young girl I have been interested in time travel. I always hoped that someday someone would invent a machine that would let us see and understand all the day-to-day ins and outs of people’s lives in far-off times. I never thought that I would be going on a trip back into the past myself!”
2005 internship — Discovery at the Archaeological Field School: dreams and reality
“On May 2, 2005, after three years of studying hard, I finally got to dig my first square centimetre of archaeological soil, as a student intern at Pointe-à-Callière’s Archaeological Field School. At that very moment, I was convinced that one day I would make an extraordinary find that would make me famous, although I obviously wasn’t about to tell anyone else that!”
2004 internship — A trip back in time
“Several years ago, when I was at CEGEP, I was lucky enough to visit the Pointe-à-Callière Museum as part of an archaeology course. It was a real eye-opener for me — all those remains and objects from the past, telling me about the history of my native city and my own ancestor from France, Pierre Désautels dit Lapointe. I was so inspired that I decided to study archaeology.”
2003 internship — Fascinating finds… by females!
“The site of the Archaeological Field School was transformed in the course of five short weeks in 2003. The changes may not be easy to recognize for those involved as they became used to the surroundings and absorbed in their work, but fortunately we have some photos taken at the start of the season to remind us how far we have come.”
2002 internship — I dug at the birthplace of Montréal
“I had been waiting for this moment for such a long time—forever, it seemed. Now here I was on my hands and knees on the freshly exposed ground under the floor of the Townsend ship chandlers. As I tightened my grip on my trowel, I could feel my heart pounding. Everything that I had been reading about for so many years, I would be touching with my own hands in a few minutes.”
Field school internships
In May 2002, Pointe-à-Callière and the Anthropology Department of the Université de Montréal signed a partnership agreement to establish an Archaeological Field School at 214 Place D'Youville, in Old Montréal.
Becoming an archaeologist
Archaeology at the Université de Montréal is part of the Anthropology stream, along with the other three "sub-disciplines": ethnology, linguistics and biological anthropology. As its name indicates, anthropology is the study of human beings.
Archaeology attempts to understand how human societies developed through "material culture." This refers to the remains of structures, artifacts and ecofacts unearthed through digs. In practice, archaeology draws on a number of different fields of knowledge.