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14,000-year-old settlement site found in British Columbia

A settlement dating back 14,000 years has been found on Triquet Island in British Columbia, Canada. "Heiltsuk oral history talks of a strip of land in that area where the excavation took place. It was a place that never froze during the ice age and it was a place where our

2,000-year-old engraved stones found in British Columbia

Ancient engraved stones dating back 2,000 years have been found in the Comox Valley in British Columbia, Canada. As the students began digging for well-preserved shell and animal bone, they discovered many bone needles used for fishing, harpoon points, herring rakes, and sewing or leather work. They also found preserved deer,

Ancient pictographs defaced with paintballs

Vandals in British Columbia have damaged an ancient pictograph by shooting paint balls at it. While police investigate, provincial archaeologist Al Mackie is trying to decide what to do next. He says if the paint splatter is water soluble they'll just leave it and let rain wash away the vandal's handiwork. "If

British Columbia petroglyphs damaged by power workers

An ancient rock art site on Vancouver Island, titled Cedar By the Sea, has been damaged by a local power company's contracted workers. Douglas White, chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation said the damage is disrespectful of native heritage and he doesn’t understand how crews could make the mistake, since existing

Ancient fishing village found next to B.C. river

An ancient village, which dates back more than 1,300 years, has been found along the banks of the Babine River in British Columbia. In addition to the house remains, which we excavated this year, there were also about 1,000 cultural depressions which are used for caching food and other materials." In fact,

Thousands of First Nations artifacts found in British Columbia

Archaeologists working in Vernon, B.C. have uncovered thousands of First Nations artifacts, some of which date back more than 6,000 years. "One of the cool things we found … was what we think are the remains of a fishing net," archaeologist Clinton Coates told CBC News. "We found these 30 flat, notched

Lost village of Luxvbalis found in British Columbia

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

First Nations burial ground found in British Columbia

A First Nations cemetery has been discovered in the North Okanagan in British Columbia. Provincial archeology branch official Eric Forgeng says the bones have not been dated but there’s no question they are from a First Nations burial site. He says wear on the teeth is consistent with ancient diets that included