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A geologist will now study the images to ensure the rocks are not a natural formation, then the team will return next summer to take samples of the sediment near the site and to look for stone tools. Ernie Gladstone, the superintendent of Gwaii Haanas, said such research helps Parks Canada and the Haida manage the land and sea of the archipelago, which includes a UNESCO world heritage site at SGang Gwaay. Mackie's theory matches up with the oral history of the First Nations, Gladstone said. "We know that people have lived in the Gwaii Haanas area for many thousands of years," he said. But "much of the very early history of Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii lies below the waters of Hecate Strait." If the current exploration site pans out, it's a testament to the incredible resilience of the Haida, Mackie said. "The village that you were born in would be underwater by the time you died," he said. "And they're able to take all this change in stride, and they probably even thrived on that."
www.danielnpaul.com...'kmaqVillages-MerseyRiver.html a reply to: Hanslune
Canadian Broadcasting Company News - February 17, 2005
HALIFAX - Archaeologists are showing off a treasure trove they call one of the most significant discoveries of Mi'kmaq artifacts in Nova Scotia.
Hundreds of arrowheads and tools, some 8,000 years old, were discovered last summer along the Mersey River, near Kejimkujik National Park in the southwest region of the province.
Workers from Nova Scotia Power were doing repairs to generating stations on the river. As water levels dropped in some areas, the riverbed was exposed for the first time since dams were built 70 years ago.
Suddenly hundreds of artifacts appeared in the mud.
"The quantity of material, the quality of material, the age range represented by the material, all is just fascinating for us," said archaeologist Bruce Stewart, who was hired to investigate.
Pottery fragments, spear points, knives and other items were found around 109 ancient campsites.
The Bluefish Caves site consists of three small caves located in the northern Yukon. Excavations at the site have uncovered stone and bone tools as well as butchered animal remains. The stone tools include microblades, burins, and wedge-shaped cores, all made of imported high-quality stone. Thousands of tiny flakes, the remains of tool-making, were also found. These artifacts were found in context with the bones of extinct horse species, suggesting an occupation before 10,000 years ago. Further excavations uncovered material dated to between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago.
originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: punkinworks10
Hey NA expert
When you finish give us a thread and get us up to date. The area of the world I'm least knowledgeable about is NA.
originally posted by: punkinworks10
a reply to: peter vlar
I intentionally chose the most palatable dates.
I have read some of the critiques of those early dates and some border on the rediculous, just as do many of the critiques of other very early sites.
One person asserted that the nearly 40k yo flakes of mammoth bones were fashioned 28k years later by humans.
Or that random natural processes, such as a ceiling collapse formed those delicate flakes that have a sharp edge and smoothed back opposite to it. I guess mother nature uses bone flakes as tools.
It's a lot like the 24k yo river clay that hauled itself a 1/4 mile up the hill, dug a pit and deposited itself into the hearth, complete with human thumb print, at Pendejo cave.