Skip to comments.Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlements
Posted on 04/06/2017 8:49:55 AM PDT by JimSEA
The oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, an Aboriginal group based on the Central Coast of British Columbia, tells of a coastal strip of land that did not freeze during the ice age, making it a place of refuge for early inhabitants of the territory. As Roshini Nair reports for the CBC, a recent archaeological discovery attests to an ancient human presence in the area associated with the tradition. While digging on British Columbias Triquet Island, archaeologists unearthed a settlement that dates to the period of the last ice age.
The archaeological team, supported by the Hakai Institute, sifted through meters of soil and peat before hitting upon the charred remains of an ancient hearth. Researchers painstakingly peeled away charcoal flakes, which were then carbon dated. In November, tests revealed that the hearth was some 14,000 years old, indicating that the area in which it was found is one of the oldest human settlements ever discovered in North America. Or as Randy Shore of the Vancouver Sun contextualizes, the village is three times as old as the Great Pyramid at Giza.
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I’m surprised they didn’t proclaim they were Martians.
Wait a sec...
Did they have SUVs?
I was thinking the same thing :) Needed a break.
As for the settlement, I can attest to it.
My great great great....Italian ancestors visited there for a little while but the food was no good so they went back :)
I noticed that this small island is just north of Victoria Island.
I’ve been to Victoria Island. It’s the only place in North America with a Tropical Rain Forest. If I can believe the tour guide, the last time Victoria Island got down to 50F was during WW2, and then only for a day or two. Evidently there is a warm ocean current, believed to be heated from volcanic activity, that bathes the island in warmth year round.
If there isn’t an empty Coke can and a wrapper from McDonalds hamburger, who cares..../S
Yes! Location, location, location. The costal route would have been better weather and food wise than an internal passage.
Thanks for posting.
This isn’t so surprising, since genetic studies of Eskimos suggest that people crossed the Bering Sea at least 20,000 years ago. The real question is why they lingered up there for so long rather than migrating down to warmer climates. This article implies that it took them at least 6,000 years to move south.
I lost faith in The Smithsonian and Scientific American back in the 80s.
We are currently in an ice age that started around 3 million years ago. We are in an interglacial period that started 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. In another few thousand years the next glaciation will arrive.
Victoria Island is north of the Arctic Circle. The largest city on Victoria island is Cambridge Bay. I nearly took a job there
Vancouver Island is mostly covered in temperate rain forest, not tropical.
The city of Victoria is on Vancouver Island.
We had more than 30 days of sub-freezing weather this last winter. Two years ago I lost my tomatoes on April 30 to frost.
Your tour guide was completely full of it.
Note: this topic is from 4/06/2017. Thanks JimSEA. I don't buy the "ice-free during the ice age" handed-down story part of this. It has little more credibility than the modern myth that the Dogon knew about Sirius B.
Thank you for posting this. It is very interesting. Good distraction.
TGRIQUET ISLAND ARTIFACTS
Those look like my P.E.I. ancestors, but they preferred Harleys. LOL! :-)
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