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Archaeological Investigations of pre-1745 French Domestic Properties at Rochefort Point, Fortress of Louisbourg

Author(s): Rebecca Dumham

Year: 2014

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From c. 1720 to 1745, three French domestic properties stood in the middle of Rochefort Point, a small peninsula extending beyond the east gate of the fortified town of Louisbourg. These properties were destroyed at the beginning stages of the first siege of Louisbourg in 1745 and concluded a short phase of French domestic life on Rochefort Point. Since the 18th century, climate change has heavily impacted the shoreline of Rochefort Point. Rising seas, powerful storms and shoreline erosion have narrowed the peninsula by approximately 200 feet and the remains of the three properties, two in particular, owned by Philippe-Joseph d’Allard de Sainte-Marie and André Carrerot, are now threatened by the rising seas and lie precariously close to the shore. The focus of this paper is to present the results of archaeological excavation at the Sainte Marie property in 2006-2007 and the Carrerot property in 2010 and 2013. As both properties were occupied for a short period of time prior to 1745, they provide a rare glimpse of early French domestic life at Louisbourg.


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Archaeological Investigations of pre-1745 French Domestic Properties at Rochefort Point, Fortress of Louisbourg. Rebecca Dumham. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437035)


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PaperId(s): SYM-49,04

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