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.
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 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.
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.
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?