Archaeologists have uncovered a reminder of the heritage items lost by the destruction of Canada's pre-Confederation parliament in Montreal. The charred remains of seven books have been recovered from a dig at the Old Montreal site since last Friday.

They are hardly recognizable as books and appear, in colour and consistency, like a cross between charcoal and bitumen. About 24,000 books and documents—some of them dating back to the original colony of New France—were destroyed in an 1849 fire.

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