Handle of a utensil or tool
Bone, Early 18th century
Archaeological digs on the site of Callière's residence
Pointe-à-Callière
 
In summer 2002, Mélissa Petit, an archaeology intern working on the layers dating back to the Callière's residence period, discovered a very interesting little object: a nameplate from the handle of a tool, a bone plate inscribed “CHARLOTE ROC”.
 
Who was “CHARLOTE ROC”?
 
When Charlotte Roch left behind a tool with her name carved in it, she could never have imagined the interest it would generate centuries later.
 
3-D model of Callière's Residence, Pointe-à-Callière/SGDL Systèmes inc.
 
This little artifact launched a veritable archaeological and historical quest in search of an 18th-century woman. But let’s take a look at the clues and see what we know about Charlotte and her life more than 275 years ago!

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