Another history-changing discovery. Experts have come across one of the oldest human settlements ever discovered in North America, with more than 14,000 years of antiquity.
An ancient site on B.C.’s mid-coast is believed to be three times as old as the Great Pyramid at Giza and among the oldest human settlements in North America.
Experts say that the village even survived two tsunamis, one that occurred some 6,700 years ago, and another one some 5,600 years ago.
During an excavation on a remote island located in British Colombia, archaeologists have found an ancient village which they believe is one of the OLDEST human settlements ever found in Northern America.,
According to initial reports, the ancient village is around 14,000 years old and was found on Triquet Island, some 500 kilometers from Victoria Canada.
The village is believed to predate the ancient Egyptian Pyramids. The settlements is located in the territory of the Heiltsuk people.
Interestingly, the revolutionary discovery matches the legends of the Heiltsuk people passed down from generation to generation of the existence of extremely ancient coastal villages.
As reported by the Vancouver Sun, the village has been in use for about 14,000 years, based on analysis of charcoal recovered from a hearth about 2.5 meters below the surface, making it one of the oldest First Nations settlements yet uncovered. Dates from the most recent tests range from 13,613 to 14,086 years ago.
“We were so happy to find something we could date,” said Alisha Gauvreau, an anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria and a researcher at the Hakai Institute. What started as a one-meter-by-one-meter “keyhole” into the past, expanded last summer into a three-meter trench with evidence of fire-related in age to a nearby cache of stone tools.
“It appears we had people sitting in one area making stone tools beside evidence of a fire pit, what we are calling a bean-shaped hearth,” she said. “The material that we have recovered from that trench has really helped us weave a narrative for the occupation of this site.”
William Housty, from the Heiltsuk Nation, said: “To think about how these stories survived all of that, only to be supported by this archaeological evidence is just amazing.”
As noted by researchers, evidence suggests that for a period of around 7,000 years, the ancients hunted and ate large mammals, specifically seals and sea lions.
As noted by the Vancouver sun, around 5,700 years ago, their diet shifted to fin fish. Evidence of shellfish processing is found throughout the village’s history, right up to very recent times.
However, the discovery also has broader implications for human history: it could significantly change our understanding of human migration patterns in antiquity. The traditional history of man’s arrival in the Americas postulates that about 13,000 years ago people from the Stone Age moved through a land bridge connecting Siberia with Alaska.
However, recent studies suggest that the route did not contain enough resources for the first immigrants to successfully carry out such migration.
According to some researchers, humans entered North America by coast.
Reference: Heiltsuk First Nation village among oldest in North America: Archeologists