Henderson pipe kiln found under Jacques Cartier Bridge

December 18, 2019

An EXP-led archaeological dig next to the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal discovered a massive pipe kiln dating from the 19th century. The kiln’s history reveals it belonged to the Henderson factory, one of Canada’s largest manufacturers of the era. The pipe kiln was found at section 8 of the bridge, on the south side of De Lorimier Avenue, where our multidisciplinary team is involved in water management and urban development.

As a historic site, and as part of our contract for Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), our team called upon the services of an archaeological firm to undertake a dig.

“We wanted to make sure that there was a proper archaeological dig,” said project manager, France Laflamme. “That’s why we called on the services of an independent archaeologist, Christian Roy. This is an exceptional find and we are very pleased that EXP was present for it.”

EXP engineer, Simon Filiatrault, oversees the site and visited after the discovery. “It’s fascinating to be able to leap so far back in time and see how things were made back then. The detailing on the pipes is so impressive, everyone I work with would love to have one of their own.”

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