Tag Archives: Ice Age

The Quadra Project: the Social Game

In the 300,000 years that Homo sapiens has existed as a distinctive species, we have done very well. During this time we have outlived at least five other hominids, including Homo neanderthalensis, which became extinct a mere 40,000 years ago—depending on ancestry, we actually carry traces of Neanderthal genes as a result of interbreeding. We have also managed to populate the entire planet, an accomplishment that has puzzled those who have tried to explain our unprecedented success. Luck was obviously a factor. But an another is now emerging from the genomic analysis of a rare disorder known as Williams Syndrome. (see “The Last Human” by Kate Ravilious, NewScientist, 29 Nov. 2021.)

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Precolonial Forest Gardens and Orchards

Dr Chelsey Geralda Armstrong is an associate professor from SFU and the lead author of a paper, about the ancient forest gardens in Nuu-chah-nulth territory, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. While individual species do grow in the wild, forest gardens and orchards exhibit a sophisticated understanding of cultivation and are found adjacent to ancient village sites. In a related study, Armstrong and her colleagues wrote that forest gardens largely disappeared around the time of the smallpox epidemic that swept through B.C’s Indigenous communities more than 150 years ago.

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Tse’K’wa cave field school underway

By Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A new dig at the Tse’K’wa cave in Charlie Lake continues this month, with University of Northern B.C. students and community members from local First Nations already discovering flakes of stone tools through their field school.

It’s the first time in over 30 years that any archaeological research has been conducted at the historic site, picking up where Simon Fraser University professor and bone expert Dr. Jon Driver left off in the 1990s at the beginning of his career.  

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New archaeological dig planned at Charlie Lake cave site

By Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An ancient cave site at Charlie Lake will go under the shovel for the first time in more than 30 years this spring. 

The Tse’K’wa Heritage Society will host an archaeology field school at the national historic site from May 2 to June 10.

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The Ice Age settlement of Vancouver Island and the Discovery Islands

New evidence suggests that First Nations people may have arrived in northern Vancouver Island as early as 18,500 years ago. 

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