Scientists Find Hidden Secret from Thousands of Years Ago on Icy Island

Scientists Find Hidden Secret from Thousands of Years Ago on Icy Island

Ancient cultures had their own theories about the supernatural; however, science has been quick to dismiss many of them. When one ancient native culture brought forth an approach that disputed scientific findings, researchers were left without an answer.

The Heiltsuk people

British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest has been home to the Heiltsuk people for almost 5,000 years. Despite this fact, many archaeologists have not given claim to the region to this group of people.

It is a decision that seems to make little to no sense considering the facts about the natives. When asked for reasons why they have failed to do so, they gave one resounding reason for their decision.

The reason

Researchers are using a straightforward fact to point to the fact that the Heiltsuk people do not have a claim to this region. Triquet Island was a part of a larger portion of land that was covered by the continental glacier in Canada.

The reason

The glacier formed during the last ice age, and as a result, it would have made it uninhabitable by any group of people. But the insistence of the Heiltsuk people made one group of researches very curious. They were determined to solve this disagreement for good. There had to be a way to prove whether or not their claims were true.

The research

As part of the research that these archeologists conducted, they decided to do some excavation work, in order to see if they could find any evidence that would prove that an ancient civilization lived there.

Then, they would do further analysis to see if there was a link between any potential findings to the Heiltsuk people. As the research proceeded, they were able to find evidence that shocked the scientific world. It helped to change the historical layout of the region, as well as clarifying some of the things that were unclear in the past.

Intriguing findings

Underneath many layers of soil, the excavations revealed a very ancient wood-burning hearth. What was perplexing here was that scientists knew it would be impossible for humans to dig through such thick layers of glacial ice in order to reach the earth underneath.

In other words, it had to have been there prior to the formation of the glacier itself. Was this the evidence that researchers had been looking for? Were they able to prove the claims of the Heiltsuk people were indeed true? Could this wood-burning hearth be linked to the natives in any way, using any scientific evidence?

More evidence

The archeologists continued to work, as they attempted to discover new items that could help clear up the picture. To their surprise and delight, they found more ancient items, including various tools and weaponry.

But what they were able to find did little to make sense of the situation. In fact, it only made things even more confusing. After all, these items were not in line with artifacts that were linked to the Heiltsuk people in any way. So what exactly did they find during these digs, and what does it all mean?

No consistency

The Heiltsuk people were known for using much smaller tools than the ones found during these excavations. Their primary food source was salmon, which they would fish and smoke using small and precise tools and weapons.

The actual tools that found were much bigger, leading researchers to believe they used to hunt much larger animals, including seals and walruses. They couldn’t figure out what to make of these new findings.

More strange findings

In addition to the unusually sized tools, researchers found shards and spearheads made of obsidian, which is a particular type of rock that is formed in areas of high volcanic activity.

What confused archaeologists were the fact that there were no volcanoes in this region. So how did these shards get there? Did these ancient people bring them there? And who were they?

Guessing game

Various theories began to formulate. Archeologists began to wonder about their discoveries. They finally came up with one argument that seemed to be agreed to by most. They believe that whoever brought these tools must have traveled between the land bridge that used to connect Alaska to Siberia in ancient times.

Of course, there was no real evidence to prove this theory, but it was the one that seemed to make the most sense.

More analysis

As the wood-burning hearth was being analyzed and carefully inspected, there were charcoal remains on it. Once charcoal had been found, the researchers understood that they had to send the artifacts to the lab for carbon dating immediately.

While the charcoal was definitely unexpected, the results of the tests conducted in the lab shocked everyone. Nobody could have prepared them for what they had found. Everything they thought they knew turned out to be wrong.

Old carbon

After the results of the lab testing finally came in, everyone was astonished to find out that the charcoal particles were 14,000 years old. Not only did these findings not fall in line with the timeline of the Heiltsuk people, but this turned out to be the oldest carbon remains that had ever been discovered in North America throughout history.

What began as a rather specific research mission turned out to have historical significance on a much greater scale.

Incredible discovery

This discovery turned out to be incredibly significant from a historical and global standpoint. These findings were so old that they shook the entire archeological world. To put things into perspective, they dated back further than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

That in and of itself was enough to put a much brighter spotlight on this excavation. After all, who knows what else this research project would uncover and how far its ramifications would go?

Ancient people

These new findings shed a lot of light on the claims of the Heiltsuk people. If these tools were the remaining artifacts of these people, it would mean that humans were wondering around Triquet Island 14,000 years ago.

In other words, that was roughly 2,000 years before the end of the ice age, meaning the area would not have been covered by the glacier as previously believed.

How did they get there?

Triquet Island is completely surrounded by water. Since these findings show that people arrived there at least 14,000 years ago, it would mean they had to have reached the island by water. But the invention of boats dates back to several centuries after this time.

So how did they get there? Perhaps this proves that these ancient people traveled along the coastline of North America in order to reach remote islands like this one.

More accurate timeline

If the updated timeline is true, it means that the Heiltsuk people were already living in this region thousands of years before what scientists previsouly thought. The timeline indicates that the Heiltsuk people were living amongst some of the most formidable beasts that ever roamed the Earth.

It would definitely explain the need for the much bigger tools that were discovered during the excavation.

A risky journey

To have arrived at Triquet Island, these native people would have needed to travel through the land bridge, and on their way, they would have needed to overcome many obstacles. The animals that were lurking the region at that time included giant sloths, woolly mammoths, and mastodons.

So just how exactly did these ancient humans even survive under such challenging conditions? Archeologists seem to link their successful survival to one specific yet important reason.

Isolated island

According to scientific findings, the Pacific ocean led to the fact that the sea level at this island remained the same for about 15,000 years. This meant that despite the dangers that surrounded the area, the Heiltsuk people were safe to roam Triquet Island without fear that dangerous predators would be able to reach them.

The waters of the ocean made sure of that, and this helped the natives survive.

Incredible heritage

It’s truly amazing that the Heiltsuk people have been able to pass along their history through the generations. Despite the fact that their tribes have made sure to preserve this heritage, it always bothered them that science didn’t seem to support their claims.

They knew the truth behind their ancestors and where they came from, and they refused to let go of their own truths. Without their insistence, these excavations would never have taken place, and these findings would never have been discovered.

Leave it to the media

As the discoveries around this research excavation were announced, the media created a major buzz about what it all meant. Unfortunately, much of the buzz actually surrounded the meanings these discoveries had for science and for the grander scale of humanity, rather than to glorify the rich history of such an incredible ancient society.

Many people ridiculed media outlets for their choice, viewing their actions as disrespectful to the Heiltsuk people.

Shifting the focus

Alisha Gauvreau, a student at the University of Victoria, really did not like the way the media spun the story. She took matters into her own hands, and committed to changing the perception surrounding this excavation and its findings.

She decided to inform the public about the significance of these findings regarding the Heiltsuk people. It was important to her on a deeper level, so she made an effort to get the truth out there about their heritage and history.