The Sociopolitics of Archaeology in Quebec: Regional Developments within Global Trends
Nicolas Zorzin, National Taiwan University and Christian Gates St-Pierre, Universite de Montreal
Abstract: In the 1960s, archaeology was a newcomer in Quebec's cultural francophone scene, and commercial archaeology made its first appearance at the end of the 1970s. Today, in a context of latent economic crisis, we intend to tackle the effects of Canadian federal political trends on the archaeologists of Quebec and the effects of the absence of federal regulations on Amerindian heritage. We will present two examples of recent issues in Quebec archaeology:
1/ The Turcot case, illustrating the provincial government logic of non-accountability towards heritage protection, and
2/ a case of an abusive drift in salvage archaeology in the commercial sector.
Keywords: Canada & Quebec Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Commercial Archaeology, Development, Neoliberal agenda, Turcot Interchange