PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Along the banks of B.C.’s Babine River sits an archeological treasure trove, an ancient village that may have been used as a crossroad for First Nations dating back more than 1,300 years.
While the Babine Lake First Nation knew their ancestors’ village was there, it’s untilled ground for archeologists.
Before the arrival of Prof. Farid Rahemtulla and his crew from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia, experts hadn’t searched the site.
"It’s just one of those places that hasn’t really been explored very well in terms of archaeology," Rahemtulla said in an interview.
The village site is about 100 kilometres from Smithers in B.C.’s northern Interior. Read more.
When Farid Rahemtulla and his anthropology students began to dig in the forest floor on Calvert Island, he pretty much knew what to expect – lots of clam and mussel shells.
But shortly after the team from the University of Northern British Columbia started to sink pits into a shell midden (refuse dump) on the Central Coast, he realized it was much bigger than anyone imagined – so large he now believes it is part of a long-lost, ancient village called Luxvbalis.
In the recently finished dig, Dr. Rahemtulla, an anthropology professor at UNBC, has found evidence of human occupation that may date back 10,000 years. Read more.
Back in the corner of the River Berry Farm in Fairfax there are people hard at work, but these aren’t farm hands. They are archaeologists digging up an ancient village that belonged to ancestors of the Abenaki, estimated to be 2,000 years old.
"It’s important to understand what happened before us," said David Marchant of River Berry Farm. "It’s just kind of neat to think about how long ago it was."
The farm was chosen based on its potential for archaeological deposits due to its proximity to the Lamoille River. For the past four weeks a handful of Johnson State College students have been excavating the land. “We have found a variety of different tools from arrowheads, spear points, drills, scrapers, spoke shavers,” said Corbett Torrence of Johnson State College. Read more.
Bejing, May. 25 (BNA) — Archeologists said today that they have discovered the ruins of an ancient village dating back at least 2500 years in Yunnan province (southwest).
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, researchers at the Institute of Heritage and Archaeology of Yunnan have uncovered the ruins of 20 houses, ranging in size between 15 and 25 m2 each and built in four rows in the District of Chengjiang, said Jiang Zhilong archaeologist.
Inside the houses, they found pieces of pottery, bronze tools and stone and animal bones, “said Jiang. Moreover, Jiang Zhilong and his colleagues discovered 20 graves around the houses.
The site was discovered for the first time in 2009 and occupies an area of 10,000 m2. The first phase of excavation began in late 2010 and the excavations should be completed soon. (source)