Exciting Archaeological Discovery in Alberta


bill barilko
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It might not seem like much but this is Big News in archaeological circles-the dates as mentioned are being fought over tooth & nail


Prehistoric site in Alberta centuries older than previously thought


Scientists have re-dated an ancient hunting site in southern Alberta that pushes back the date for the earliest culture in North American by centuries. These bones from the spine of a horse were one of several animals hunted and butchered about 13,300 years ago at Wally's Beach, along the St. Mary River

A new way of dating a pile of ancient bones and stone tools is shedding light on the mysterious lives of the first Albertans.

A prehistoric site where people hunted horses and camels along what is now the St. Mary River in the province's south is centuries older than previously thought, said University of Calgary archeologist Brian Kooyman, co-author of a paper published Monday.

That means the 13,300-year-old bones, along with stone choppers and knives used to butcher the animals, predate what was thought to be North America's first identifiable ancient culture.

"It's quite awe-inspiring to stand there and know that these are the first Albertans," Kooyman said.

"We can see the butchered bones and we can see the tracks of the animals. We can actually see the footprints of camels and horses. It's like they were here yesterday."

It's the completeness of the site that makes it unique.

It features the bones of seven horses and one camel -- an animal that originated in North America and died out at the end of the ice ages. There are a variety of crude choppers and knives chipped from stone.

There's no doubt the bones are the remains of a successful hunt.

"We have cut marks on horse bones and camel bones," said Kooyman. "You can even see what people cut them up into, like roasts."

The site was originally found in 1999 by a schoolteacher out for a walk with his family. Normally submerged by the St. Mary reservoir, the spot known as Wally's Beach was exposed by that year's low water. The prairie wind blew away much of the dirt around it and left the artifacts in high relief.

Kooyman excavated and studied the site, but contaminants in the samples originally led to a too-recent date, which was only corrected with more accurate radiocarbon dating. The new age, about 300 years older, led to Monday's paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The site offers haunting clues about the lives of those ancient hunters.

The area hasn't changed too much from all those thousands of years ago -- a ramp on the riverbank where animals would have come to drink. Kooyman guesses it was a kill site for a small group of hunters.

"What we're probably looking at is something like three or four families of related people moving and working together as a hunting and gathering group.

"They probably waited and ambushed them. They've probably been in the area long enough and have an understanding of the animal behaviour enough, that they know where to target.

"We can actually see what they were doing. They're hunting systematically and successfully and more than one animal species. I don't think there's anything really like it."

Kooyman said scientists have long thought members of the Clovis culture, marked by its long spearpoints, were the earliest identifiable group to people North America. While other sites had hinted at an earlier society, Wally's Beach is the proof, he said.

"I'm standing there and looking at a revolution in my understanding of things."
 
taxslave
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So where are the old oil rigs?
 
B00Mer
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I thought they dug up gerryh
 
damngrumpy
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Interesting stuff but didn't you know the world is 6 thousand years old and
man walked with dinosaurs Kind of contradicts the ark story
 
petros
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That has what to do with the ancient price of rice?
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

Interesting stuff but didn't you know the world is 6 thousand years old and
man walked with dinosaurs Kind of contradicts the ark story

Ya, the poor donos somehow didn't get Noah's memo and missed the boat. And those silly camels got on the wrong boat and ended up on the wrong continent.
 
petros
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Are you high?
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Are you high?

He's just angry at harper, ergo, this archaeological find is magically about the evil Con gvt
 
MHz
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300 years to a 13,000 year timeline isn't a huge change. It does show that Alberta was not always buried under miles of ice while the east coast is supposed to be under miles of ice that far back.

Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Ya, the poor don't somehow didn't get Noah's memo and missed the boat. And those silly camels got on the wrong boat and ended up on the wrong continent.

cliffy, cliffy, cliffy, If God brought all the species of animals to the garden to be named by Adam then just those ones would have to be on the Ark. Perhaps God even used that group to determine how big the raft had to be. If the west was a desert and the east buried the North America would have been the land of fire and ice with a green belt between the two and migration with the seasons was probably quite natural.

I can live with the changes, any idea on the extent of the camels domain as that would point to the edge of the desert and the beginning of productive fields were?

Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

Interesting stuff but didn't you know the world is 6 thousand years old and
man walked with dinosaurs Kind of contradicts the ark story

The footy prints of a man and dino encased in that river rock was actually a man and a, . . . wait for it, . . . . a large 3-toed bird. Commonly called the fastest of 3 rides available 'back then'.
That would be 6 steps back in time that takes you from 4,000BC to 4,000,000,000BC. The solution is to put 1 zero in the 1,000 column 6 times. I would say it isn't rocket science put powers of 10 is rocket science, on page 1.
 
petros
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Quote:

The footy prints of a man and dino encased in that river rock was actually a man and a, . . . wait for it, . . . . a large 3-toed bird

Ummmm. NO!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

So where are the old oil rigs?

And the hockey jerseys.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

He's just angry at harper, ergo, this archaeological find is magically about the evil Con gvt

 
petros
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Far from it.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

Interesting stuff but didn't you know the world is 6 thousand years old and
man walked with dinosaurs Kind of contradicts the ark story

Wow that is kind of dumb.

Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Ya, the poor donos somehow didn't get Noah's memo and missed the boat. And those silly camels got on the wrong boat and ended up on the wrong continent.

But smudging is supposed to purify?

dumb dee dumb dumb

Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Winter Solstice , a huge bonfire at Mickey and Brendalee's place complete with pagan rituals, and feasting with my extended family of friends.

lol.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

lol.

Chritianity is based on pagan rituals, like Easter.

The Pagan Origin Of Easter

The Pagan origins of Easter

Goddess Easter: Celebration of the Spring Equinox

Easter history : holiday traditions and their origins, from the goddess Ishtar(Inanna)to the Easter Bunny.
 
petros
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Superficially.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Superficially.

Most religions are only superficial
 
petros
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And that is as far as most delve into which is too bad.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Chritianity is based on pagan rituals, like Easter.

The Pagan Origin Of Easter

The Pagan origins of Easter

Goddess Easter: Celebration of the Spring Equinox

Easter history : holiday traditions and their origins, from the goddess Ishtar(Inanna)to the Easter Bunny.


No it's not, but if it helps you sleep at night, you go ahead and think that.
 
petros
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Sleep at night? He does that in the daytime after watching YouTube cconspiracy videos all night.