14000-year-old village discovered in Canada one of oldest settlements ever found in North America.
The ancient find was discovered during an excavation on a remote island, Triquet, in British Columbia. It is believed to be one of the oldest-ever, human-inhabited settlement found in North America. Early analysis points to the village being older than the Egyptian pyramids.
Scientists said many artifacts are currently being unearthed. These include tools for lighting fires and fish hooks and spears – dating back to the Ice Age. These instruments are curating a template of the possible beginnings of North America’s civilization.
Anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria and researcher at the Hakai Institute, Alisha Gauvreau, took part in the excavation work. “I remember when we get the dates back and we just kind of sat there going, holy moly, this is old. What this is doing is just changing our idea of the way in which North America was first peopled,” she told CTV News.
Experts long speculated that a significant human migration may have taken place on British Columbia’s coastline. But the discovery also supports the Heiltsuk Nation’s oral history, which speaks to ancient coastal villages being passed down for generations. The Heiltsuk Nation is a First Nations people – Aborigines of Canada. 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.”