The ancient village of Luxvbalis, which was abandoned after a smallpox epidemic in the late 1800s, may have been found during a routine excavation of a shell midden along the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
“Shell middens are the result of people discarding food remains, building structures, tools, decorative items, and hunting equipment,” explained Rahemtulla.
“They usually indicate ancient settlements, whether permanent or transitory.”
The most significant aspect of this site, said Rahemtulla, was its size.
“This midden was very prominent on the landscape.
Story: Medha, Vancouver Sun | Photo: Wikimedia Commons