Is this another history-changing discovery? One of the oldest human settlements, with more than 14,000 years of antiquity, was discovered in North America.
This ancient village 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.
According to experts, the village even survived two tsunamis, one that occurred some 6,700 years ago, and another one some 5,600 years ago.
Archaeologists have found an ancient village during an excavation on a remote island located in British Colombia. They believe it is one of the OLDEST human settlements ever found in Northern America.
The ancient village is around 14,000 years old and was found on Triquet Island, some 500 kilometers from Victoria Canada.
It is believed that the village predate the ancient Egyptian Pyramids. The settlements is located in the territory of the Heiltsuk people.
The revolutionary discovery matches with the legends of the Heiltsuk people passed down from generation to generation of the existence of extremely ancient coastal villages.
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, as reported in Vancouver Sun.
This makes 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.
Alisha Gauvreau, an anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria and a researcher at the Hakai Institute said: “We were so happy to find something we could date.”
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,” Alisha said. “The material that we have recovered from that trench has really helped us weave a narrative for the occupation of this site.”
An evidence suggests that for a period of around 7,000 years, the ancients hunted and ate large mammals, specifically seals and sea lions. Around 5,700 years ago, as noted by the Vancouver Sun, their diet shifted to fin fish.
The discovery also has wider implications for human history. It certainly could 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.