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Old settlement discovered at Turcot Interchange construction site

WATCH ABOVE: Dinu Bumbaru, policy director with Heritage Montreal speaks to Global’s Peter Anthony Holder about the discovery of an old settlement at the site of the new Turcot Interchange.

MONTREAL – Archeologists digging at the site of the new Turcot Interchange have uncovered the vestiges of an old village.

The village was once known as Saint-Henri des Tanneries.

It was a small leather-works settlement on the outskirts of Montreal during the late 18th Century and 19th Century.

Dinu Bumbaru, policy director with Heritage Montreal, told Global News that the discovery was not altogether unexpected.

The location of the village of Saint-Henri des Tanneries was known.

Maps archived at Bibliotheques et Archives Nationales du Quebec (BAnQ) show that artisans lived where the building foundations were recently discovered.

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Bumbaru noted that it is standard procedure in our time to do an archeological survey and document any finds.

It is too soon to say whether the foundations will be preserved and if artifacts will be made available to the public for viewing.

The discovery also raises the question of whether or not this will slow down construction on a project that was already two years behind schedule, before it even began.

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