Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pre-clovis update Were seafarers living here 16,000 years ago?
In a Canadian archeological project that could revolutionize understanding of when and how humans first reached the New World, federal researchers in B.C. have begun probing an underwater site off the Queen Charlotte Islands for traces of a possible prehistoric camp on the shores of an ancient lake long since submerged by the Pacific Ocean.

The landmark investigation, led by Parks Canada scientist Daryl Fedje, is seeking evidence to support a contentious new theory about the peopling of the Americas that is gradually gaining support in scholarly circles. It holds that ancient Asian seafarers, drawn on by food-rich kelp beds ringing the Pacific coasts of present-day Russia, Alaska and British Columbia, began populating this hemisphere thousands of years before the migration of Siberian big-game hunters -- who are known to have travelled across the dried up Bering Strait and down an ice-free corridor east of the Rockies as the last glaciers began retreating about 13,000 years ago.

Hmmmm. . .not much about the site itself. I just re-watched a PBS program ("America's Stone Age Explorers") and it had a section on the purely floral/faunal remains being found along the coast up there that indicated that at least parts of the coast were not ice-bound around that time. Either way, boats or no-boats, an actual site from this period would be significant.