Alisha Gauvreau, an anthropology student at the University of Victoria, was doing some excavating on Triquet Island, more than 300 miles from her university.
While checking out a rocky split, she exhumed some artifacts that are dated back some 14,000 years. The artifacts included rocks and fish hooks.
This discovery potentially alters the way history is taught. Most of us are aware of the current story, that humans first walked across a land bridge between Sibera and Alaska some 13,000 years ago.
“I remember when we get the dates back and we just kind of sat there going, holy moly, this is old,” said Gauvreau, via CTV News. “What this is doing is just changing our idea of the way in which North America was first peopled.”
The news has been backed up by the tribe First Nation, who say these findings corroborate with oral history that’s been passed down for generations.
“It’s very special to not only me, but our entire tribe,” said Heiltsuk Nation’s William Housty. “To think about how these stories survived all of that, only to be supported by this archeological evidence is just amazing.”
Scientists will continue to work on Gauvreau’s discovery and look to expand upon the knowledge dug up.