Gauvreau says the site — which is one of the oldest sites of human occupation on the Northwest coast of North America — gives a new meaning to the First Nations concept of "time immemorial." "When First Nations talk about time immemorial, it just goes to show how far back the occupation of this land goes back in deep time," she said.
The finding also has broader implications for human history — namely early North Americans travelled the coast.
One theory of how humans entered the Americas is they came from Asia over an Alaskan land bridge through an ice-free corridor east of the Rockies and made their way through what is now eastern and central Canada, she explained.
"The alternative theory, which is supported by our data as well as evidence that has come from stone tools and other carbon dating, is people were capable of travelling by boat.
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