Friday, April 14, 2017

Proof found of people living during the ice age in British Columbia changes historical understanding

Archaeologists are stunned to have excavated the remains including fish hooks, atlatl (a piece used to launch spears farther and with more force), and a hand drill to light fires, of a village in remote Western Canada (British Columbia) that existed during the Ice Age. CNN covered the fact that it had been found, but I wondered what the heck prompted them to dig down so far (2.5 meters) in remote Western Canada. There are probably mosquitoes there the size of trucks. I can't even imagine how they got to the site. They probably had to fly and kayak in. Well, archaeologists went looking because the ancient habitation of the area is part of the oral tradition of the Heiltsuk Nation. Their oral tradition is that some of their ancestors lived there long ago.  Interestingly the ancestors picked some land that never froze. Archaeology now supports the Heiltsuk Nation's oral tradition. Everyone is excited. Because of the age of the site, which predate the pyramids, the find is changing how scientists and historians think about where and when Canada and North America was populated. The first people, thought to have populated North America (Alaska) from Siberia first (3,000 years ago), appear now to more likely have come earlier by boat along the coast into Western Canada (14,000 years ago). That is a huge difference in time and method. This changes our understanding of North American population migration. Here's more about it on the History channel's site http://www.history.com/news/ice-age-village-in-canada-is-one-of-oldest-north-american-settlements

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