VANCOUVER — Researchers using a robotic underwater vehicle off British Columbia’s northern coast believe they may have found the earliest evidence of human habitation in Canada.
Unfortunately, the site that could date back almost 14,000 years lies beneath hundreds of metres of water in the ocean around the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
Archaeologist Quentin Mackie from the University of Victoria and his team returned earlier this month from a research trip to the archipelago, where they used the autonomous underwater vehicle to scan the sea floor in search of evidence of ancient civilization.
“We’re not quite ready to say for sure that we found something,” he said. “We have really interesting-looking targets on the seafloor that, as an archeologist, they look like they could be cultural.” Read more.
VICTORIA - B.C.’s Archaeology Branch can no longer force homeowners to pay for archeological research on their properties.
The province has abandoned its appeal of a 2013 B.C. Supreme Court ruling that found the Archaeology Branch acted improperly in forcing Wendi Mackay of Oak Bay to pay for archaeological research on her property.
In her judgment, Justice Laura Gerow ruled that the Archaeology Branch’s treatment of Mackay, who lives at 2072 Esplanade on Willows Beach, constituted a nuisance. Read more.
The Sechelt Nation will fight to save an ancient chieftain burial site found at the mouth of Salmon Inlet, described as one of the most important archeological discoveries in the province.
“We’ve proven without a shadow of a doubt this site is one of the most important in British Columbia — one of the most important for showing the development of chiefly status, and it’s right here,” Dr. Terence Clark of the Canadian Museum of Civilization said during Archeology Day at the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) hall July 29.
He said archeologists have worked in the area every summer for the past three years through a partnership with the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB), the museum and the University of Toronto. Each year new burials and artifacts are found that point to the significance of the site. Read more.