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This Newly Discovered 14,000-Year-Old Settlement Can Change North American History

It is three times older than the Pyramids of Giza.

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A 14,000-year-old settlement has been recently discovered along the coastline in Canada. This scientific discovery corroborates with ancient stories that have originated from the indigenous Heiltsuk Nation people, saying that their ancestors hailed from a mysterious settlement somewhere along Canada’s coastline during the last Ice Age.

The settlement was found last year, lying somewhere along the British Columbia’s Central Coast on Triquet Island. Archaeologists from the University of Victoria, Hakai Institute, and local First Nations found remnants of charcoal and ancient tools such as fish hooks, spears, and a hand drill used to light fires.

Analysis of the charcoal found on the site revealed that the settlement is around 13,613 to 14,086 years old, making this community one of the oldest human settlements ever found in North America. The site is twice as old as the wheel and is three times older than the Pyramids of Giza.

The 14,000-year-old settlement on the coast of Canada is one of the oldest in North America.

Evidence also suggests that the sea level around Triquet Island has remained fairly stable for around 15,000 years, even until the end of the last Ice Age. This also confirms the Heiltsuk Nation’s claim that the said area remained stable over thousands of years.

Archaeologists excavate the settlement grounds.

In addition, this finding showed how the early North American settlers moved through British Columbia. A theory suggested that humans from Asia crossed a land bridge that connected Russia to Alaska. The recent discovery also reinforces the assertion that humans first moved down the coast possibly using a boat after crossing the land bridge. This theory disputes the previous claim that humans then traveled on foot to reach such point, as it shows that the coastal route was more likely to have been preferred over the inland route.

With this knowledge in hand, the First Nation groups say that they would now be able to assert with credibility and validity their claim for land rights. William Housty, a member of Heiltsuk Nation, said in an interview with CBC News:

“So now we don’t just have oral history, we have this archaeological information. It’s not just an arbitrary thing that anyone’s making up… We have a history supported from Western science and archaeology.”

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Native Americans did not enforce strict genders roles in their tribes.

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How China Acquired Its First Aircraft Carrier Through Deception

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China’s first aircraft carrier was bought under false pretenses, according to Hong Kong-based publication South China Morning Post. Xu Zengping, a businessman based in Hong Kong, was the man behind the acquisition of the Ukraine-built vessel, which would later become the Liaoning.

In a two-part expose by the Post, Xu revealed how he managed to purchase the ship despite meeting challenges along the way. The vessel was constructed in 1988 but it wasn’t offered for sale until 1992. Originally built for the Soviet Navy in 1985 as the Kuznetsov-class aircraft cruiser Riga, the vessel was launched on December 4, 1988 and renamed Varyag in 1990.

The Ukrainian shipyard, which had been ordered to build the ship, went almost bankrupt after the fall of the Soviet Union and was looking for someone to purchase the ship.

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