An ancient village believed to be one of the oldest human settlements ever found in North America has been discovered during an excavation on a remote island in British Columbia.
The village, which is estimated to be 14,000 years old, has been found on a rocky spit on Triquet Island, about 500 kilometres northwest of Victoria, Canada.
It is estimated the village is older than Egypt’s pyramids.
Tools such as fire-starters, fish hooks, and spears have been recovered at the site and date back to the last Ice Age. The Heiltsuk Nation, who have lived in the area for thousands of years, note that the findings match their oral history:
“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 ancestors flocked to for survival,” said William Housty, a member of Heiltsuk Nation.
It also reinforces existing thought regarding how and when the Americas first came to be populated by humans. The site was, remarkably enough, uncovered by a university student who apparently couldn't find anything to protest about - unlike American "students".