An Ancient Cultural Landscape in the Heart of the Capital Region
Centre Wakefield La Pêche Library, October 24, 2023
Dr. Pilon is a renowned archeologist, long-time curator of Central Canada archaeology at the Canadian Museum of History, an educator, and was the first recipient of the J.V. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Archaeological Society.Archaeological evidence has been slowly accumulating for more than 150 years. Those objects and places have much to tell us about the people who lived along the shores of the Kitchi Sibi between the mouth of the Gatineau River and the Chaudière's Falls. The evidence tells of a special place that welcomed people from literally across the continent for thousands of years. The great falls were also a place of great significance, meaning and power, and in many ways were an anchor between those travelling along the shores of the river and those who had passed on. Taken together, this information can be used to suggest that the landscape below the falls and ending in the area of the Gatineau River mouth was a cultural landscape and not just a collection of sites located within proximity to each other.