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The City of Lévis: Linking urban planning with heritage

Author(s): David Gagné

Year: 2014

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An impressive number of archaeological sites have been discovered over the last 20 years in the City of Lévis on the south shore of Québec. Some archaeological sites had multicomponent levels spanning ten millennia of occupation, from 9 500 AA until the era of shipbuilding and the lumber industry in the late 19th century, known as the golden age of the city. Today, at a time of rapid urban expansion, some areas have been identified by local authorities for development in order to concentrate urban growth near the centers of economic activity. However, several archaeological sites and zones of potential interest are located within these areas. This situation has raised awareness of heritage professionals to the danger of losing important elements of the city’s archaeological heritage and an important action plan was developed by the heritage department of Lévis in response to planned development in order to preserve archaeological heritage. The city of Lévis became an original model by aligning the balance urban development with the preservation of heritage.

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The City of Lévis: Linking urban planning with heritage. David Gagné. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436667)

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PaperId(s): SYM-10,09

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America