A new study suggests that humans were present on the Pacific coast of today’s British Columbia about 13,000 years ago. In short, in British Columbia, researchers have discovered proofs of the first human settlements in North America.
The human traces found on an island along the coast of British Columbia, in western Canada, would be around 13,000 years old. Thus, these footprints are the oldest ever discovered in North America.
The tracks probably belong to one kid and two adults who walked barefoot on the clay soil on the Calvert Island, as it is known nowadays and which is situated northeast of Vancouver Island.
During the research, around 30 footprints have been unearthed from the sediments on Calvert Island, between 2014 and 2016, according to Duncan McLaren, a professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and one of the study’s authors.
Proofs of the first human settlements in North America
These discoveries indicate that humans were inhabiting the British Columbia’s Pacific coast with 13,000 years ago, prior to the end of the last glacial era in North Americ. With 13,000 years ago, the Calvert island region was not icy, thus, it was a good habitat for the primitive men.
Besides, these findings reinforce the theories supported by more and more anthropologists and according to which the first humans that arrived in North America managed to travel from Asia and reached British Columbia region via a land corridor.
However, finding pieces of evidence to sustain this theory has always been challenging for the researchers because the area of British Columbia where the remnants have been discovered is covered by forests and is not easily accessible, thus, researching in the area has always been troublesome.
The study’s authors believe that other excavation work if conducted with more high-end technologies, will reveal more primitive men’s traces. Researchers hope to get enough clues to properly elaborate the history of the first human settlements in North America.