J.CAC VOLUME 36 (2011)

Une intervention cinq étoiles : la restauration d’un cadran solaire de la fin du XVIIème siècle

André Bergeron, Sophie Limoges, Louise Pothier, Alain Vandal, André E. Bouchard, Isabelle Duval

Excavations at the château de Callière, built around 1688 in Montréal (Quebec), led to the discovery of 19 slate fragments, many of which were inscribed with lines and circles. The first fragments were initially thought to be associated with the roof of the building but, as more slate fragments were discovered, archaeologists noted that the lines produced a series of angles radiating from a central point, indicating a cogent geometrical organisation. In 2007, the artefact was consigned to the Centre de conservation du Québec for conservation. Upon examination, the object was revealed to be a sun dial. This paper presents the rediscovery of this exceptional object, its conservation treatment and its display at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.

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