An anthropology student at Canada’s University of Victoria has uncovered an ancient village on tiny Triquet Island off British Columbia that’s thought to be at least 14,000 years old, making it more than twice as old as the Egyptian pyramids.
“I remember when we got the dates back and we just kind of sat there going, holy moly, this is old,” said the student, Alisha Gauvreau, regarding the artifacts she uncovered at the excavation site, according to Vancouver station .
“What this is doing is just changing our idea of the way in which North America was first peopled,” she added.
She was right. By analyzing the artifacts — which included fish hooks, spears and tools for lighting fires — scientists were beginning to paint a picture of how civilization first began.
Even more shocking was that the story told by the artifacts matched the oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, an aboriginal tribe that resides in and around the excavation spot.
“To think about how these stories survived all of that, only to be supported by this archaeological evidence is just amazing,” said tribe member William Housty, referring to the tribe’s history being passed down orally from generation to generation.
Plus, discovery of the ancient settlement could impact scientists’ theory on ancient migration patterns, according to the , which noted that the original theory “argues that the earliest arrivals came to the region by crossing a land bridge connecting modern-day Siberia to Alaska some 13,000 years ago.”
“But according to more recent research, the land bridge route may not have offered enough resources to support the earliest migrants during their crossing,” it added. “Instead, humans may have traveled via boat, and entered North America along the coast.”
That theory certainly fit the discovery, which showed that the long-held belief by archaeologists that “the coast would (have) been completely uninhabitable and impassible” was clearly false, as noted by Gauvreau.
In other words, new discoveries can overturn modern, scientific “consensus” in any field, even while confirming ancient accounts of human history.
The Triquet Island discovery proves our ancestors were far smarter and more adaptable than we had realized, which raises this question — which of our other assumptions about them are wrong?
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