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CLOVIS

THE CARIBOU HUNTERS

The glaciers began to recede in southern Canada around 15,000 years ago, leaving behind the tundra. Three thousand years later, the hunters who left what is now New England in the United States took advantage of beautiful summer days to travel north, towards the caribou herds. They reached the region of Megantic, in Quebec, just north of the present day Maine border. Because it seemed a propitious site for hunting, they established their camps there. They were among the first humans to have visited Eastern Canada. Archeologists defined them as the Paleoindian descendants of the Clovis culture. They left traces of their passage in the form of fluted spear points and stone tools that allow archeologists to interpret their life style.

You will leap back 12,000 years in the Megantic region, during the paleoindian era, right after the glaciers have left the territory to make place for the tundra. You will meet the first hunters that have stayed in Quebec, descendant of the Clovis pioneers. Discover their lifestyle and enter their shelter. Walk through the tundra to enter the scientific world.

Experiment with the excavation pit, listen to archeologists and admire the artefacts found in the New England region!

A production of the Sherbrooke Nature and Sciences Museum with the collaboration of the Montreal University and the contribution of Canadian Heritage and the City of Megantic.

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