Scientists have recently unearthed an ancient Canadian village in a remote region of the nation. Now, they believe that the village could have been the home of the first American men.
Located on a remote island in British Columbia, researchers estimate the village to be at least 14,000-years-old, meaning that it would be three times older than the mysterious Egyptian pyramids. The island, Triquet Island is about 310 miles northwest of Victoria, Canada. During their expedition, archaeologists discovered tools including those for creating fires, fishing hooks, and spears that would date back to the Ice Age.
One of the researchers, Alisha Gauvreau is an anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria, as well as a researcher at the Hakai Institute which supports the archaeological team. She explained to a local Canadian network that,
“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.”
The discovery has caused experts to believe that a massive human migration would have taken place on British Columbia’s coastline. However, their discovery runs parallel to the oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, which is a First Nations government in British Columbia. Their oral history states that ancient coastal villages have been handed down for generations.
One man, William Housty from the Heiltsuk Nation explained,
“To think about how these stories survived all of that, only to be supported by this archaeological evidence is just amazing”.
It is believed that the migrants traveled to Alaska from Russia and then spread throughout the continent down into South America.
Housty continued to explain, “When we do go into negotiations, our oral history is what we go to the table with,” pausing, he went on to say, “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.”
This newest discovery not only proves the oral history that has been passed down for ages by the local natives, it will completely change history for others. The expedition will also provide researchers with insight regarding the ice age, and give details about ancient lifestyles during a time period that isn’t currently very understood. Researchers continue to investigate their discovery and look for further answers.