Handle of a utensil or tool
Bone, Early 18th century
Archaeological digs on the site of Callière's residence
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”.
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!