The human history of the Ottawa region spans some 10,000 years, from the arrival of the earliest peoples to the present day. Archaeological sites include aboriginal encampments and travelways, settler farmsteads and communities, industrial sites and marine heritage sites along the Ottawa River (Kichi Sibi), its tributaries and the Rideau Canal.
The City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, the National Capital Commission, the Algonquin Anishinabeg communities of Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi, the Provinces of Ontario and Québec and regional heritage organizations all play a stewardship role in conserving our valued archaeological heritage. To help celebrate this heritage, August is Archaeology Month in Ottawa each year, offering residents a chance to learn more about the area’s rich and vibrant history.
Throughout August 2015, the City of Ottawa hosted a month-long exhibit at City Hall in concert with its partners.
The official launch was held on August 4th at 10 am in Jean Pigott Place and the exhibition was held at 110 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa from July 31st to August 31st, 9 am to 5 pm. The exhibition presented pre-contact and historical archaeology related to Ottawa and surrounding areas.
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