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Discovery Of 14,000-Year-Old Settlement In Canada Could Rewrite North American History

The indigenous Heiltsuk Nation people have always said their ancestors lived on a strip of coastline in Canada in the last Ice age. 

With the current discovery of the 14,000 year old settlement, science is confirming the indigenous claims. 

Last year the discovery was made in the Central Coast of British Columbia on Triquet Island, CBC news had reported. Archaeologists from the University of Victoria, the Hakai Institute, and local first nations had discovered the remains of a hand drill used to start fires, fish hooks, tools, and spears utilized to hunt marine life. 

Charcoal from the site was examined and its estimated that this settlement was set up around 13,613-14,086 years ago. It would meant that this would be the oldest human settlement found from pre-historic times.

The settlement essentially is older than the Pyramids of Giza, the wheel invention, and many thousands of years before megafauna from the ice age went extinct. There is evidence that point to the sea level around Triquet Island being weirdly stable for over 15,000 years into the very end of the previous ice age. It proves that the area was a safe area with stability for the settlement as the Heiltsuk Nation have been claiming.

This remarkable finding has also given a glimpse to how our ancestors traveled from Siberia to British Columbia. A theory says that humans originated from Asia and migrated across land connecting Russia to Alaska. 

Archaeologists are finding from this settlement that humans traveled down the coast by boat after the land bridge. Before this settlement was found, archaeologists believed humans traveled mainly on foot to North America. This finding proves that many humans traveled the coastal route before the land route. Indigenous First Nation groups believe they have more credibility, with this finding, when being involved in legal issues over land rights.

“When we do go into negotiations, our oral history is what we go to the table with,” William Housty, a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, told CBC News. “So now we don’t just have oral history, we have this archaeological information. It’s not just an arbitrary thing that anyone’s making up… We have a history supported from Western science and archaeology.”

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