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Remains of a 14,000-year-old village have been discovered on Trinket Island, British Columbia and are one of the oldest North American settlements ever found. The tools scientists and archaeologists are discovering at the site date back to the ice age, and include tools for making fire, fishing and hunting. The find, more importantly, changes the way that the continent was first inhabited, with a migration down the British Columbia coastline and into America now believed to have taken place.

14,000 YEAR OLD VILLAGE DISCOVERED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA The native Heiltsuk people of the area have numerous oral histories of their people's origins and are confirming that coastal villages like the one discovered were a part of these stories. The Heiltsuk people are believed to have been settled around the British Columbia area since at least 7000BC and are the descendants of a number of tribes who lived in the region thousands of years ago. They were also known to build permanent winter villages during the colder months of the year and stockpile food and resources there until the weather was suitable for migrational hunting and fishing once again.

During the time the village was active the landscape in the area was undergoing climatic changes that may have prompted the migration of humans South to keep up with migrating big game species. The rising sea levels and global temperatures changed many areas of land locally from tundra into scrub land and coniferous forest, changing the populations and territories of many of the species that early humans would have depended on for survival. Alisha Gauvreau, an anthropology Ph.D. Student at the University of Victoria who took part in the excavation, said of the find: “I remember when we get the dates back and we just kind of sat there going, holy moly, this is old. What this is doing is just changing our idea of the way in which North America was first peopled.

” Due to the fact that they now believe there are numerous other villages like the Triquet Island site, scientists are also planning on digging on other islands in the area to try to build a map of the progression of the continent's first inhabitants.